Nuclear weapons

NUCLEAR WEAPONS 5

Since the invention of the nuclear weapons during the World War II,it is evident that there has been tremendous peace across the world.It is clear that the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima by the UnitedStates resulted in the end of the war. It is therefore prudent tostate that the use of these weapons at such a time resulted intoworld peace. It is evidently clear that since the invention of thenuclear weapons, the world has experienced peace and stability(Pyeatt &amp Jenkins, 2012). Whereas the effects and the costs ofuse of nuclear weapons are dire, experts have argued that nuclearweapons have been tools of peace and stability across the world.

After the invention of the nuclear weapon in 1945 by the UnitedStates and its use in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, numerous countriesfeared and the consequences of using such weapons. To date, numerouscountries across the world have adopted nuclear weapons as a form ofdefense and as a tool to scare away invaders. Majority of the westerndeveloped countries have developed their own nuclear weapons. Afterobserving what nuclear weapons can do in the attack by Nagasaki andHiroshima, countries are armed with these weapons (Pyeatt &ampJenkins, 2012). It is essential to state that logical and humaneleaders cannot use these weapons considering the dangers they pose.Additionally, there are various international treaties that are aimedat controlling the use of nuclear weapons hence making them tool ofpeace (Pyeatt &amp Jenkins, 2012).

Countries such the United States, Russia and the Soviet Union allhave nuclear weapons and they hold onto them just in case another warerupts. Whereas deadly weapons such as nuclear weapons are used tokill and destroy, it is clear that people are the ones who kill notthe weapons the weapons are used by people (Toossi, 2013). Theargument that has been put across is that the countries which holdnuclear weapons fear to go to war because of the consequences. As aresult, nuclear weapons have been viewed as deterrents to war hencebringing about global peace and stability (Pyeatt &amp Jenkins,2012). It is, however, stated that the countries holding thesenuclear weapons live in tension and they believe that they can usesuch weapons when another breaks out. The tension that exists hasresulted in global peace. In this regard, the nuclear weapons can beviewed as global peacemakers as opposed to killing devices. Whereaspeople may argue that there is global peace as a result of theinvention of the nuclear weapons, it is clear that the world is notpeacefully stable. The tension between the various countries has beenviewed as a time bomb that might explode any time. The prospect ofcountries with nuclear weapons using them is high and the resultcould be devastating.

The cost of producing and maintaining nuclear power and weapons isextremely and only the countries with economic power can indeedproduce nuclear power. This creates a form of imbalance in the world.The powerful countries are in a position to control the countrieswith low economic powers. In one way, this can be viewed as unfairbut security experts have pointed that this maintains global peace(Toossi, 2013). The element of fear created by the nuclear weaponshas been a powerful deterrent to conflicts across the world.

Although it is clear that the invention of nuclear weapons havemaintained global peace and stability for decades, there are numerousquestions over how long such peace and stability can be maintained.Research has indicated that the nuclear weapons have acted as globalpeacemakers by using the element of fear of the consequences of usingsuch weapons. Countries that have nuclear weapons are aware of thedamage that such weapons can cause and therefore are hesitant to usethem hence maintaining global peace (Pyeatt &amp Jenkins, 2012).Whereas people may argue that the invention of nuclear weaponsbrought forth global peace and stability, it is essential to realizethat the weapons pose an enormous danger to the lives and propertiesof millions of people across the world.

References

Pyeatt, D., &amp Jenkins, D. R. (2012). Cold War peacemaker: thestory of Cowtown and the Convair B-36. North Branch, MN:Specialty Press.

Toossi, R. (2013).&nbspEnergy and the environment: Resources,technologies, and impacts. Los Angeles, CA: Verve Publishers.