Emergence of the Nuclear Age


I feel the most important issue which I learned in class was of the
emergence of the nuclear age. I feel that this is important due to the fact
that it totally redefines war and also the future of war. When I say nuclear
age, I specifically mean the potential of every nation possessing nuclear
weapons. The importance of this is that any country, whether super power or
third world, would then have the potential to destroy any opponent, for any
reason. What makes this issue so important to not only me, but to the world
population, are the repercussions which nuclear weapons possess. The problem is,
"the no win aspect of nuclear weapons," as stated in "Strategic Nuclear Weapons"
by James F. Dunnigan. Any race, religion, or nation could be wiped out in the
flick of a switch, and that effects every person on this planet. Some may say
that the nuclear age does not demand cognizance because the cold war is over,
but it does because eleven nations, and growing, currently posses nuclear war
heads. In the past, ideals were the driving force in war, but now they take the
back seat to nuclear weapons.