"Nuclear weapons are potentially more devastating than any other weapon in human history. We must stop pointing the nuclear gun at our own heads. The best way to lower the threat of nuclear war is for the nuclear capable nations, including the U.S., to lead by example and dismantle their own nuclear arsenals."
Discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the position stated above. Support your viewpoint using reasons and examples from your own experience, observations, or reading.
This issues states that the nuclear weapons are most devastating weapon in human history and hence we must undeploy them. And moreover this issue states that the best way to lower the threat of nuclear war is if the nuclear capable nations dismantled their own nuclear arsenals. This is a very controvertial topic as there would be people who would like to argue both ways. Many people believe that if the nuclear capable nations dismantled their nuclear arsenals then it would lead to peace and harmony among nations across the world, however these people fail to overlook how just the mere fear of the war keeps the peace and the harmony in place. In this essay, I will examine both sides of the issue while giving well defined justification against this issue.
First reason is that this issue fails to realize that mere presence of the nuclear weapons and the capability of these nations to engage in the nuclear wars is enough induce the fear among the nations to break the peace and the harmony necessary for us to live a happy life. For example, during the first world war when the concept of nuclear weapon was futuristic, countries relied on their man power to engage in wars and they knew the wars can not lead to mass destruction by any one weapon. However, after the Hiroshima and Nagasakhi event, every nation is aware of the harm a single nuclear explosion can do to their country. Hence, just knowing that the other nation is capable of firing a nuclear weapon is fearful any nation, which in turn results in the desired peace and harmony in the world.
Second reason is that - although today nuclear weapons are considered most devastating, it does not gurantee that in future somebody will invent a new weapon which is even more powerful. For instance, there are many brilliant minds working on new technology every hour, and god forbid if a country comes up with a new weapon it will hard to justify that dismatling nuclear weapon will lead to chances of mass destruction.
Lastly and perhaps the most importantly, even if the nuclear capable nations, including the U.S., dismantles the nuclear arsenals, it is hard to gurantee that all the nations will do the same. Moreover, there are many terrorist organization trying to get their hand on these nuclear weapon. If say all the known nuclear power nations dismantle their nuclear weapons and these terrorist groups get hold of one or more of these nuclear weapons, it will lead to mass chaos and lead to global crisis. So the nations are better of maintaining their own resources to deal with national or even global crisis that might come in future.
In summary, I discussed both sides of the issues in the previous paragraph, however, I strongly disagree with the issue itself and firmly believe that the nuclear capable nations should not dismantle their nuclear weapons. I agree that this is a very controvertial argument and it is not straightforward to take one side. There are pros and cons of either side, but given the state of the current affairs and for the sake of worldwide harmony the countries are better of maintaining their own nuclear arsenals to cater for any future unfortunate circumstances.