As tensions between India and Pakistan reach a boiling point, a vital question needs answering: are nuclear warheads necessary? With both being “nuclear countries”, the conflict and consequences have wide-ranging impacts for the rest of the world. Should innocent civilians around the world suffer? Scroll down to find out more.
There are nine members of the “nuke club”. While this is a small number, between them there are nearly 15,000 warheads on the planet. That’s equivalent to 1,666 bombs per nation. While some see them as necessary safety nets, the recent events of 2019 are starting to change people’s minds. Pakistan and India are on the brink of war and the US seems to be in another cold war conflict with Russia and China. And, there is a man in charge who has proven he isn’t fit for office.
Responsibility is the key with such power, and it seems as if there is a lack of it in politics today.
What Are The Defenses?
There are quite a few, but the main one is that a nuclear warhead is a deterrent. When dealing with a country with an unstable leader, progressive politicians believe it’s always in the background. No matter how much dictators want to expand their foreign policy at the expense of the West, the allies can fall back on their military might.
Bernard Brodie was a strategist for the United States and summed it up in one sentence. He said: “From now on its (nukes) chief purpose must be to avert them (war). It can have almost no other useful purpose.” Judging by the stats, this is true to a point as the number of wars has decreased since Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Also, people point out that the threat of nuclear war is remote. Not only have countries proven their restraint in the past and the current, but it’s happened before. Japan, relatively, was bombed more 2,000 times and the world didn’t end. Nuclear tests occur quite regularly and yet the majority of people are unharmed.
What Are The Counterarguments?
Although history proves that the threat of nuclear war isn’t very high, there are rising tensions. The conflict between Pakistan and India is a concern, as is the brewing cold war between Russia, China, and the US. However, the most pressing fear is North Korea. Currently, intelligence seems to point out that they are close and may have developed a bomb. With an unhinged dictator in charge, there is no telling how he may react.
There is a morality issue too. How many World War 2 veterans are still alive? Of the few that remain, it’s disrespectful of their legacy to build the most powerful weapons ever. They fought and gave their lives to defeat tyranny and save the human race. Now, the 3% that are still alive may have to watch as politicians and world leaders put everyone’s future in jeopardy.
A world free of nukes is possible, too. According to Obama and Ground Zero, there is evidence to suggest they can be a thing of the past by 2030. Thanks to a land-mine treaty, the movement doesn’t think it’s an unrealistic idea. That’s why there is a meeting this year to determine whether it’s possible and who would be part of the deal.
Has There Been Growth?
Yes and no. The Iran deal ratified by the Obama administration was a massive step forward for the world. Not only did it rid a regime of a powerful weapon, but it set a precedent for the rest of the world/region. Anyone country and its people that were suffering from economic sanctions had a path to redemption. This was snuffed out by President Trump after he ripped up the deal and now everything is up in the air. For the likes of North Korea, it proves they can’t trust one president to the next.
However, there is no doubt that the demand for nukes has dropped in recent decades. As early as 1986, there were more than 70,000 nuclear weapons in the world. Today, the figure is at 14,485 and only 3,750 of them are active. That means only 25% of the total warheads are useable.
Nuclear weapons are no longer as ubiquitous as before and the numbers continue to drop. Not only that, but there are just nine nuclear nations out of two-hundred. But, as the world becomes unstable, the threat remains. Sadly, it won’t go away any time soon. The math is simple – if one country of the nine has one, the others need one, too.