Pros & cons of debate over offensive & defensive weaponry, research & development, Star Wars. Concludes with writer's personal pessimistic opinion.
The advent of nuclear weapons has fundamentally changed the nature of war. A nuclear war is often described as "unthinkable" because it would be so... more
The advent of nuclear weapons has fundamentally changed the nature of war. A nuclear war is often described as "unthinkable" because it would be so devastating. However, nations keep stockpiling nuclear weapons and constantly develop new types of nuclear weaponry under the auspices of preventing a nuclear war. The purpose of this research is to examine the offensive versus defensive nature of nuclear weaponry. The current nuclear policy--Mutual Assured Destruction--will be analyzed for its effectiveness in preventing war, followed by a discussion of whether defensive weapons can help protect nations. Evolution of Nuclear Policy A clearly defined policy regarding the use of nuclear weaponry was first articulated by the Kennedy Administration in response to Soviet development of intercontinental missile
Purpose & effects of U.S. decision to develop the bomb & use it on Japan, not so much to shorten the war as to demonstrate Amer. military supremacy.
It was the 6th of August, that much we knew when the boys took off in the morning dew. Feeling nervous, sick and ill at ease, they flew at the heart... more
It was the 6th of August, that much we knew when the boys took off in the morning dew. Feeling nervous, sick and ill at ease, they flew at the heart of the Japanese (Yass 72).
As they approached Hiroshima in the Enola Gay, they all had hopeful looks on their faces. "Not long now, folks . . . the Colonel and I are standing by and giving the boys what they want . . . There will be a short intermission while we bomb our target . . . My God!" (Yass 73) As the great bomb plummeted from the sky, the crew turned the plane broadside to get the best view, which was described as a "terrific spectacle." A mass of purplish gray dust about three miles in diameter, the lower part of the mushroom as well as the top was all boiling. The mushroom smoke had reached the same altitude of the plane when another mushroom arose just as turbu