Nuclear Nightmares: Where Do We Go From Here?

Essay by Spyce255University, Bachelor'sA+, March 2006

download word file, 4 pages 0.0

Today, there are nearly 272 million people living in America, therefore making it the third most populated country in the World. As technology grows and strives the world become increasingly strong, and decreasingly vulnerable. Since the invention of the atomic bomb in 1939, the world has come to a conclusion in the eyes of Ben Franklin as, "The way to be safe is never to be secure." We have created our future and our doom. The United States was the first to utilize nuclear fission in a military aspect, and with great power comes great responsibility. Before, conventional explosives can create around 1,000 pounds of TNT, whereas a single pound of uranium in an atomic bomb can release explosives up to 16 million pounds. The two are incomparable, a non-nuclear bomb could take out an infantry squadron, while a nuclear bomb could take out a small country. Also, with the help of globalization, terrorists are given new opportunities to build an transport these lethal weapons.

Furthermore, an atomic threat is no longer a matter of if it will happen, rather when it will happen.

As of now, there are currently eight countries that have weapons of mass destruction and they are the United States, China, France, Great Britain, India, Pakistan, Russia and Israel. Out of those eight countries, Russia is most vulnerable. One main reasons why is because they hold a little less half of the worlds nuclear warheads, and consequently they lack the security to protect it. A certain Russian institute stated that they know of this problem already, and yet there is little to be done about it. Over twenty-three attempts have been made within the last eight years to steal nuclear bomb-making materials, and there is no way to tell how much they have stolen already. With...