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Are Nuclear Weapons Helping or Hurting?

The use of nuclear weapons is a very controversial topic. On one hand, nuclear weapons are useful; and some would even say they are necessary. Nuclear weapons can be positively used to stop a war. They are extremely powerful, and of course no country wants all of their people to be completely annihilated. If nuclear weapons are kept in good hands they can actually be used for good. Just the threat of the weapons may be enough to stop a war. Nuclear weapons are also very important for the purpose of self defense. Large countries with strong militaries already have more power over small countries with lesser militaries, and if you add nuclear weapons to the picture; it is necessary for countries to have nuclear weapons in order to defend themselves.

However, my opinion is not in favor of nuclear weapons Yes, they can be used to stop a war; but the consequences far outweigh the benefits. Even with the precautions taken to prevent the weapons from falling into the wrong hands, there is still much room for loopholes to be found. There are more than 23,000 nuclear weapons in the world, which is enough to completely wipe out the entire planet’s population. 2,500 of these weapons are on High Alert, which means they can be launched at any time with little notice. The United States, France, India, China, United Kingdom, North Korea, Pakistan, Israel, and Russia all possess nuclear weapons. They all have the power to cause considerable damage and kill large numbers of people, including civilians. People do not have the right to take another person’s life away, much less to take the lives of thousands of innocent people.

Another con to nuclear weapons is how expensive they are. The U.S. alone spends 52 billion dollars each year on nuclear weapons. 13 billion more dollars are spent on nuclear weapons than on foreign assistance and diplomacy. The U.S. is one of the more prosperous nations, and it is in so much debt. Think of what would become of the poorer countries if all their resources were spent on nuclear weapons! If no one had/used these weapons, there would be no need for nuclear self defense. More money and time could be invested in education, which holds a far more valuable type of power. Think of how improved the world could be if even half of the money that it spends on nuclear weapons was spent on those who are suffering!

We live in a time where peace is not a choice, but the choice. Peace can not become reality until we all come together in search of a better world; which in my opinion, does not include nuclear weapons.

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johnjohn123 said...
Feb. 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm
how are nuks useful? you shouldn`t use them at all. its a discrace to kill anyone like that. and it should be more money spent on the suffrying peploe.
Aliza_A replied...
Feb. 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm
read the whole thing i dont think ther useful either
JustTaz said...
Feb. 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm
I agree with you that we shouldn't run around using them all the time, they should only be considered in extreme situations, but almost any country could potentially manufacture them. If all the peaceful nations are rid of them the aggressive ones could get a hold of them. It is sorta like guns. In countries they are outlawed in, criminals still have them, but law enforcement does not. Not to mention without the treat of a nuclear holocaust some countries might start physical wars more haphazardly.
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