“The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking…the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.” – Albert Einstein
As many of you may know nuclear weaponry is very destructive. Ever since the creation of the atomic bomb, there has been pressure for nations to keep up with the technology. The outcome of a nation gaining possession of one can be frightening. Tens of thousands of people have died from these weapons of mass destruction; billions of dollars have been spent to repair homes, hospitals and economies. Now the question: what have we as human beings learned from this and are we preventing the future use of these weapons?
There are a total of 23,375 warheads active in the world and from the look of this statistic it answers the question clearly.
My opinion on this matter is that maybe the reason why so many nuclear bombs are so active is due to a fear of being subverted by another nation or to make a point. A country that is in the process of creating nuclear weaponry is Iran. According to the Guardian News Article, “From 2004, alarmed by the invasion of neighboring Iraq, those officials say Iranian technicians pursued only design work and computer modeling to reduce the chances of being detected”. The Iranian government states that their nuclear program is peaceful and not to be alarmed or come up with any definite conclusion on the matter.
(You can go to this website to find out more information: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/02/iran-nuclear-weapons-programme)
Iran is not the only nation conducting experimental nuclear weaponry. Other countries like India, Korea, China and even more are conducting such experiments. Their reason for the creation of such weapons does not justify what may seem to be the inevitable future of worldwide fear and the deaths of thousands if not millions of people.
– Malik Shaw