This essay Nuclear Weaons- Destructors or Saviors has a total of 752 words and 3 pages.
Nuclear Weaons- Destructors or Saviors
22 October 1996
English Composition 101
Nuclear Weapons: Destructors or Saviors?
When one thinks of complete and total annihilation, the plumage of an infamous mushroom cloud is undoubtedly an image which comes to mind. This ominous image is ". . . a tiger which must be looked in the eye," (Looking the Tiger in the Eye, 1982). The reason for which we must examine the issue of nuclear weapons, is best stated in the words of J. Robert Oppenheimer, ". . . until we have looked this tiger in the eye, we shall ever be in the worst of all possible dangers, of which we may back into him." In an attempt to prevent ourselves from backing into this proverbial tiger, we will discuss the following subheadings of nuclear arms: should countries dismantle their nuclear arms; and whether a nuclear war can occur, without resulting in a total nuclear holocaust of both conflicting parties.
Virtually all, who know of the rise in modern-day technology, oppose the first subheading, dismantling nuclear weapons; but, before stating their reasoning, we will change our viewpoint to that of the naive (no insult intended) or too optimistic. Assuming all nations dismantled their nuclear weapons tomorrow; the world would be peaceful: no more nuclear weapons, no more eminent destruction, no more bad guys. What? Exactly! How can we eliminate the evil side of humans, their inherent dark side? This leads to the reason supporting the maintenance of existing, and the development of future nuclear weapons. When a nation, terrorist group, or someone with ill intent secures sole-control of nuclear capabilities, the world will be at the mercy of this group\'s sanity, since the world is currently nowhere near an acceptable defensive system. So from this scenario, one can infer that in the present, the only deterrent to nuclear war is the existence of nuclear arms in opposition to each other.
The second subheading, whether a nuclear war can occur without escalating into a victorless, nuclear holocaust, is an evolving argument due to its dependency on modern technology. The two stances on this topic are known by their acronyms of NUTS and MAD (Nuclear Utilization Target Selection, and Mutually Assured Destruction respectively). The position taken by NUTS is that limited use of nuclear weapons can occur, without igniting an all-out, nuclear holocaust-resulting in the devastation of both conflicting parties, and hence a mutual loss. The major fault on which NUTS lies is that no nuclear nation possesses, or is expected to soon possess, an acceptable defensive shield against nuclear weapons. While this fault is not due to our ability to destroy inbound weapons, it is due to our accuracy in destroying the sheer quantity in which they can be deployed. For instance, even if the kill percentage of an inbound nuclear strike is 98 percent (unrealistically high), the remaining 2 percent can have a substantial result, when one finds that the strike consists of 6,000 nuclear weapons-which translates into 120 nuclear detonations on C3I (command, control, communications, and intelligence) capabilities in a country. The most austere disadvantage to NUTS, is the cruel and blatant torture which would result from its implementation-stemming from the collateral effects of fire, genetic damage, and slow agonizing deaths. In the aftermath of a nuclear war, some have said, the living would envy the dead (The Nuclear Controversy, 1985). Having said this, it is easy to see why the accepted and foreseeable position of the masses is MAD. The thesis to MAD, which states that the world is inherently MAD (due to its inability to protect its population from a large-scale nuclear war), is dead on target, when one realizes that this protection-while being physical-may also be concerning their conscious states.
French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre once wrote that in war, "we are all embued with the feeling of participating in a world event . . . it\'s during peacetime that we should have had that dedication and that seriousness-we\'d perhaps have avoided the war." Recently, true to the wishes of Sartre, an international panel of nuclear powers convened to adopt a policy of "No-First Strike." This occurrence, while weighting popular opinion on the MAD stance, also exemplifies the words of an American Nobel Laureate, William Faulkner, "I believe that man will not merely endure: he will
Topics Related to Nuclear Weaons- Destructors or Saviors
Essays Related to Nuclear Weaons- Destructors or Saviors
HRM - Ever EvolovingHRM - Ever Evoloving Outline Thesis Statement: Advances in technology along with shifts in the nations social structure heavily impact the workplace environment, creating a need for new management models in Human Resources. I. The Changing Workplace A. An Historical Perspective of Jobs in America B. Jobs in the 21st Century II. Identifying Corporate Needs A. The Emergence of Human Resource Management as a Component of General Management. B. Corporate Expectations III. Developing Human Resource
Counter MeasuresCounter Measures National Missile Defense (NMD) is once again a growing concern in America. There have been many new developments since the post-Cold War elimination of nuclear warfare. This diminishing of arms however, is a very fine line. The United States cannot afford to have less capability then the rest of the world, but it does want to encourage unilateral non-proliferation of nuclear arms. In addition, there is a new awareness of rogue nations that are completely unpredictable. Since t
BombsBombs A bomb is a container filled with an explosive, incendiary matter, or gas that can be dropped, hurled, or set in place to be detonated by an attached exploding device. It may range in design from a homemade device used by terrorists, assassins, or clandestine raiders to a sophisticated weapon of war. The original bomb, an ancestor of the hand-thrown GRENADE, was a simple container filled with black powder (see GUNPOWDER), which was set off by a fuse lit by the thrower. In the 16th century,
The InternetThe Internet The Internet: its effects and its future written by Eva Kotsi Internet, its effects in our lives and the future of the Internet: The Internet is, quite literally, a network of networks. It is comprised of ten thousands of interconnected networks spanning the globe. The computers that form the Internet range from huge mainframes in research establishments to modest PCs in people\'s homes and offices. Despite the recent hype, the Internet is not a new phenomenon. Its roots lie in a co
The internetThe internet The Internet: its effects and its future Essay written by Eva Kotsi Internet, its effects in our lives and the future of the Internet: The Internet is, quite literally, a network of networks. It is comprised of ten thousands of interconnected networks spanning the globe. The computers that form the Internet range from huge mainframes in research establishments to modest PCs in people\'s homes and offices. Despite the recent hype, the Internet is not a new phenomenon. Its roots lie i
StressStress Stress by Ashley Strawder I. What Is Stress? Stress is the combination of psychological, physiological, and behavioral reactions that people have in response to events that threaten or challenge them. Stress can be good or bad. Sometimes, stress is helpful, providing people with the extra energy or alertness they need. Stress could give a runner the edge he or she needs to persevere in a marathon, for example. This good kind of stress is called eustress. Unfortunately, stress is often not
Web AdvertisingWeb Advertising web advertising web advertising Web Advertising Web advertising, not to mention the Internet itself, finds itself in a stage of relative infancy and therefore provides marketers with novel challenges and situations which need to be dealt with caution . The realm of Web advertising is unchartered terri tory! In terms of South Africa, the country finds itsef somewhat behind technologically. However, this may not prove to be a disadvantage as the uncertain nature of Web advertising
The Influence of Green Groups on the Policy of theThe Influence of Green Groups on the Policy of the United States Abstract: This research examines the relationship between environmental groups and the policies of the United States. The United States political system has been historically anthropocen-tric, or human centered. Environmental groups have been attempting to change this to a biocentric or ecocentric viewpoint, which includes the rights of animals and the environment. These views are nature centered instead of human centered. This stu
The United States and National Security, and DominThe United States and National Security, and Dominant Party in Balance of Power The emergence of the United States as a dominant party in balance of power equations is a relatively new phenomenon in world history. New military technology coupled with increased global integration has allowed the United States to reinvent the fundamental assumptions of international diplomacy while propelling itself to the top of the hegemonic stepladder. This positioning was achieved piecemeal during the course o
The United NationsThe United Nations The United Nations is an organization of sovereign nations not a world government. It provides the machinery to help find solutions to disputes or problems, and to deal with virtually any matter of concern to humanity. It does not legislate like a national parliament. But in the meeting rooms and corridors of the UN, representatives of almost all countries of the world large and small, rich and poor, with varying political views and social systems have a voice and vote in shap
The Choosing of a Landfill SiteThe Choosing of a Landfill Site There is currently much debate on the desirability of landfilling particular wastes, the practicability of alternatives such as waste minimisation or pre- treatment, the extent of waste pre-treatment required, and of the most appropriate landfilling strategies for the final residues. This debate is likely to stimulate significant developments in landfilling methods during the next decade. Current and proposed landfill techniques are described in this information s
COLD WARCOLD WAR Less than a year after the end of World War II, the great wartime leader of Britain, Winston Churchill gave a speech at Westminster College, in Fulton, Missouri. After receiving an honorary degree and being introduced by President Harry Truman, he delivered a historic speech. Churchill said, It is my duty to place before you certain facts about the present position in Europe. From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an Iron Curtain has descended across the Continent. Behi
The War of the WorldThe War of the World Poli 205/2 A 5 December 2003 With a high presence of terrorism in the twenty-first century, the world is on guard for practically anything that may come its way. Terrorism has played an important role in our lives, since the September 11 attack on American soil. Since that day, security measures have been taken to secure our everyday lives and we have not seen one day of peace. Following this, the U.S. found itself at war with Iraq, which has brought an imbalance to the worl
E-commerce an IntroductionE-commerce an Introduction E-commerce an Introduction In the broadest sense, electronic commerce (e-commerce), is the buying and selling of products and services over the Internet. It has included the handling of purchase transactions and funds transfers over computer networks. According to the Forrester Research Study Sizing Intercompany Commerce, total U.S business-to-business Internet trade in 1998 is $7.7 billion, compared to a total global e-commerce of $21.8 billion, dramatically increasin
Bay of Pigs, Brigade 2506 Bay of Pigs, Brigade 2506 On the 17th of April, 1961, Brigade 2506, comprised of Cuban exiles, landed at the Bay of Pigs on the southern-central coast of Cuba. They were mostly young men who came from all sectors of society and regions of the island with one common goal: to overthrow the growing communism led by Fidel Castro who was imposing a rigid totalitarian system on this largest island of the Antilles. In three days of hard fighting highly superior forces defeated them. Almost 40 years af
What do feminists find to be objectionable in patr What do feminists find to be objectionable in patriarchy, and are they right to be critical of it? www.microcosmpublishing.com The above illustration is one of many that are used on a daily basis in order to make the understanding and also the highlighting of patriarchy an everyday issue in the daily conflict of gender issues. Western female thought through the centuries has identified the relationship between patriarchy and gender as crucial to the womens subordinate position. For two hundred
Thirteen DaysThirteen Days Management Final Assignment December 25, 2003 ͺ Table of Contents Preface ....... Chronology of Events Overview ... Questions ... Q1. Thirteen Days is a classic example of group work dynamics and both intra and inter group politics. The situation was real, different perceptions however defined their own sense of reality. What factors can you identify that may have defined reality
Acid RainAcid Rain CONTENTS Summary 1. Introduction 1.1 Terms of reference 1.2 Source of information 2. What is Acid Rain? 2.1 The definition of Acid Rain 2.2 How to Measure Acid Rain? 3. What cause Acid Rain? 3.1 History of Acid rain 3.2 Causes of Acid rain 4. What Are Acid Rain\'s Effects? 4.1 Water 4.2 Soil 4.3 Plant 4.4 Atmosphere 5. What Society Can Do About Acid Deposition ? 5.1 Understand acid deposition\'s causes and effects 5.2 Clean up smokestacks and exhaust pipes 5.3 Use alternative energy so
Dr. StrangeloveDr. Strangelove Dr. Strangelove, or How I learned to stop worrying and love the Bomb is a black comedy about nuclear war. Kubrick\'s original intention was to make a straight thriller about a possible nuclear accident, and, as is his custmary method, he began researching the topic in earnest -- subscribing to Aviation Week and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, conferring with NATO officials, etc. According to Kubrick: I started our being completely unfamiliar with any of the professional
Political Action CommitteePolitical Action Committee The American electoral process is a complicated process by means of which the electorate chooses those men and women who will represent their interests on the local, state and national levels. Of course, this is an oversimplification of the electoral process, which is influenced by a number of different factors having little to do with the voice of the people. Among those influences are the reaction of the mass media to any particular issue or candidate, the ability
Unequal Representation: Membership Input and InterUnequal Representation: Membership Input and Interest Group Decision-Making Introduction Interest groups play a key mediating and representational role in politics. In the theory of pluralist politics, organized groups represent the interests of varied segments of society in the national policy process. These groups organize to represent the views of their members in the halls of Congress, administrative agencies, and federal courthouses, giving voice to their members\' interests in all policy m
The Y2K BugThe Y2K Bug Introduction The year 2000 problem could have been completely prevented had some early people envisioned the degree to which the microprocessor would change our lives. Surely, no one would have thought that in the early days of ENIAC that everything from your alarm clock to your car would be computerized. Even the IT managers of the 80\'s could not be blamed: The disk space savings from dropping the two digits of the date over 100 Million Records would represent almost 200 Megabytes!
Timeline History of Russia 1533-1991Timeline History of Russia 1533-1991 1533-1584 The Russian Empire, covering over one-sixth of the world, is governed by the sovereignty of Czar Ivan the Terrible. The feudal system oppresses every man, woman and child as the Czar releases Tax Collectors to maintain support for the nobles in the land. Brigands and financial extortionists persecute any lower class citizen who refuses to help contribute to the Czar\'s regime. 1682-1725 Under Czar Peter I (Peter the Great), the Russian Empire begi
Nixon's Program of Detente was the Reason for theNixon\'s Program of Detente was the Reason for the Decline of World Conflict in the 1970\'s I. Introduction 1.China & Russia a.Communists powers, threat to world b.Arms race c.Threat to each other d. Could pressure N.Korea into peace 2.Nixon\'s program of detente was the reason for decline in world conflict in the 1970\'s II. Reasons supporting 1.Nixon improved Commie\'s general attitude towards U.S.& vice versa a.initiated trade b.improved relations between China and Russia c.Halt to China\'s i
American NaivetιAmerican Naivetι PREFACE American Naivetι The United States trade gap with China jumped 17 percent in 1996 to $39.5 billion, the worst showing for any country other than Japan. It marked the 11th strait annual increase in the deficit with China and analysts believe this trend will result in the deficit with China surpassing the imbalance with Japan probably this year. Fundamental macroeconomics informs us that Chinas trade surplus, created by virtue of its cheap labor, will directly support its
AP Human Geography Outline AP Human Geography Outline Ch. 1 Thinking Geographically Key Issue 1: How do geographers describe where things are? Map- a two-dimensional model of Earth's surface, or a portion of it. Place- a specific point of Earth distinguished by a particular character. Region- an area of Earth distinguished by a distinctive combination of cultural and physical features. Scale- the relationship between a map's distances and the actual distances on Earth. Space- the physical gap between two objects. Connect