Should Nuclear Weapons Be Destroyed?

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Should All Nuclear Weapons Be Destroyed?

"The use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender. In being the first to use it, we adopted an ethical standard common to barbarians of the Dark Ages. Wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.”

Nuclear weapons (along with chemical and biological weapons) are called Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Unlike conventional bombing – tactical bombing of weapon production factories in order to cripple the enemy – a nuclear weapon wipes out everything in its devastating path. So should all nuclear weapons be destroyed? Ethically speaking, absolutely. Nuclear weapons should most certainly be abolished, but that’s far easier said, than done.

A nuclear explosion starts with an intensely bright flash, followed by a fireball that burns everything it touches. The heat from the explosion can be felt from miles away in a heat blast. The rising fireball superheats the air, which blasts outward in a shockwave. The shockwave can topple concrete buildings and toss buses. It eventually gets weaker the further it travels. The blast also releases a lot of gamma rays. They cannot travel far, but the substances that absorb the blast become radioactive: dirt, rocks, asphalt, buildings, cars, or even the air. The fireball continues to rise and gives the nuclear blast its mushroom appearance. The fireball carries radioactive
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