Benefits of Nuclear Weapons
Nuclear weapons have existed for several years now and so has the debate about the need for making these weapons. The more the arguments against it, the more and more countries want to own these weapons and establish their power. So then why all this uproar against nuclear weapons when everyone wants to possess it? Obviously, people haven’t forgotten the little boy and Hiroshima. Still why do countries want nuclear weapons on their portfolio? To understand that, let’s look at the benefits of nuclear weapons.
1. Nuclear means Power:
We are not talking about the power from nuclear energy; on the other hand, we are talking about the political power that comes from owning a nuclear weapon. In today’s international political scenario, nuclear power is equated with political power. A country that owns nuclear weapons is feared and respected in the international circuit. Nobody thinks of waging wars or getting into political or cultural chaos with these nations, and for obvious reasons. Nobody looks forward to another Hiroshima in their life time. Any country is threatened by the prospects of their enemy possessing nuclear weapons.
2. Powerful negotiation tool:
Nuclear weapons are considered as one of the best negotiation tools available in the international political circuit. Nobody wants to argue with someone who holds the power of complete destruction. And what if both parties involved in the negotiation are nuclear nations? Still it acts as a negotiation tool, because both are aware of the destructive power they possess and that the destruction would be mutual. In other words, it nullifies the supposed power both countries possess and prompts them to find a more amiable solution for their differences.
3. Pride of the nation:
On the one hand when organizations and nations debate and question the need for nuclear weapons, still countries continue to research methods to develop their own nuclear weapons. And nations that already possess these weapons are proud to own them. Many consider it as a satisfaction that feeds the sadistic side of the human mind. Nonetheless, it cannot be denied that these weapons do create a sense of power and pride in the nations that possess it.
4. Prevents wars:
Although weapons are generally created and accumulated to ensure that a country is in a position to defend itself in the event of war, nuclear weapons actually serve the contrary purpose. Nuclear weapons are one of the biggest reasons that nations do not want to go to war, but instead try to seek and find solutions through negotiations. Nuclear weapons lead to, what is popularly referred to as, ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mutually Assured DestructionÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬’Â or MAD. This term was coined during the cold war between the United States and the former Soviet Union. When friction reached a high between the two nations it was this fear of mutual destruction that prompted them to think about alternate more peaceful solutions instead of war. In fact, there are people who believe that the Hiroshima bombing helped bring about the end of the Second World War. Although no one can really agree that it was a good thing, from statistical point of view, if the war had continued the death toll would have been much higher than the 70,000 who lost their lives during the bombing.
Yet, nothing can justify the use of these weapons. So, then why create them when there is always a threat that it can go into wrong hands and then destruction would be inevitable and annihilating. Although, there are some benefits, or atleast seeming benefits, we need to accept the fact that nuclear weapons are a reality and these benefits can remain so only as long as they are possessed by the right people. So, the question continues to haunt, why create something that can annihilate the entire world including the ones that created or used it?