CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 2016

Opinion: Nuclear Weapons Must Be Phased Out

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John Goeckermann, O Globo

The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States (U.S.) is an example of the use of nuclear weapons to stop a great conflict. The U.S., by bombing Japan, caused enough damage that is played a major part in bringing WW2, one of the biggest conflicts in human history, to a halt. Similar to Theodore Roosevelt's big stick policy, Nuclear arms may have stopped many wars from breaking out due to the fear of mutual destruction.

It's now time to move on from the age of constant fear and inevitable destruction if the world continues down the path of nuclear weapons. Through 21st century diplomacy, the need for nuclear weapons can be a thing of the past. Worldwide deweaponization of nuclear material will be very tough to achieve. But through the cooperation of all world powers specifically the U.S. and Russia, it will be possible in the near future. According to the Federation of American scientists, only nine countries in the world have, or are suspected to have , nuclear weapons. These nine countries can easily be pressured by nuclear free countries to give up their weapons. Diplomacy is the best option in our new connected world. Diplomacy can stop war more effectively and with less risk than the threat of nuclear bombs looming over humanity.