United States, World

The Threat of Nuclear War

Rubble of a movie theater in Hiroshima. (AP Photo/Stanley Troutman)

Have you ever imagined what it was like to live in Hiroshima‎ and ‎Nagasaki‎ during the nuclear attacks. Accord to Mr. Tsuboi who was twenty year old when the atomic bomb fell. He was on his way to classes on the morning of August 6, 1945. He said “It was such a loud sound and like lightning, so bright”. The effects of the bomb burned his body from head to toe. The pain was so severe that Mr. Tsuboi was certain he would die. He took a small rock and etched on a bridge, “Here is where Sunao Tsuboi found his end.” A classmate rescued him from the bridge and carried him to a military hospital. His wounds were so severe it took him a year to walk again. Life could look like that if North Korea were to drop nuclear bomb on the United States. North Korea is a threat to the United States and its neighbors because of the nuclear weapons they have and the threat to the nation security of Americans.

After World War Two the United States and Soviet Union emerged as the two superpowers. The United States believed in spreading Democracy throughout the world, while the Soviet Union believed in screeding communism. Many Americans feared the war in Korea was the first step in a communist campaign to take over the world. Soon the Truman Doctrine became popular which used military force to contain communist expansionism anywhere as it seemed to be occurring. When communism spread to South Korea the feudal rivalry between North Korea and the United States started. In June 25, 1950 when North Korea invaded the Democratic South Korea, President Truman and the United Nations went to war with North Korea to contain the spread of communism. Since the war ended, tensions between the United States and North Korea have gotten worse. Now that North Korea has the firepower to back their thinking it’s only a matter of time who fires first.      

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. (CNN)

North Korea is a threat to the United States and its neighbors because of the nuclear weapons they poses. Over the last year the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, has persistently threatened to nuke the United States and Japan. These threats have alarmed many Americans and Japanese. Since North Korea does not have a missile capable of hitting the United States main land, they have made threat towards United States territory Guam and Hawaii. Since Guam and Hawaii are close to North Korea they have drills to protect themselves. About a month ago the emergency missile alert system in Hawaii went off as a false alarm. There was no threat, but many residents felt threatened due to the heightened tensions between North Korea. Many residents thought they were going to die. State representative Matt LoPresti took his family to there bathtub and prayed as they waited for a flash. Since the ending of World War Two the Japanese Capital of Tokyo holds drills, which simulate a missle attack. The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abec says the missile threat from North Korea has made the security of Japan the hardest since World War Two. Due to these concerns Japanese leaders are expanding the military’s role of self defence because of the past two intercontinental ballistic missile North Korea has flown over Japan.

Hwasong 15 missile launch.

Over the past year North Korea has been developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the American homeland. This missile is called the Hwasong 15. According to the US military the Hwasong 15 is still in the testing, but will soon be fully functional. North Korea states the missile can reach altitudes of around 2780 miles with a flight time of fifty three minutes. Based on its trajectory and distance the missile would have a range of more 8,100 miles, which is enough to reach Washington D.C. In addition, the range of the missile is long enough to hit most of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Some experts say the missile is only capable of firing with a light warhead.

North Korea is a threat to the nation security of Americans. Over the past years the North Korean leaders have instilled a fear of nuclear war to Americans. Kim Jong-un’s frequent provocations led President Trump to respond in August that the North Korean threats could be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” which North Korea responded to with threats to launch missiles around Guam. These exchanges have created the fear of World War Three, similar to the fear during the Cold War. A poll conducted by CNN states every one and five Americans believe that nuclear war with North Korea is emanate in the future. A CBS poll conducted last week revealed seventy two percent of Americans were already feeling uneasy about a possible conflict and are afraid of nuclear war with North Korea.

North Korea poses a nuclear threat to the United States and its neighbors and a threat to the everyday lives of Americans. The threat of nuclear war have caused the United States and Japan to strengthen their military and practice there emergency missile alert system. North Korea threatens our liberties and freedoms and brings the fear of mass annihilation. The nuclear threat is more of a realization everyday. Is the threats of nuclear warfare from North Korea enough justification to go to war with them? As American citizens should we ever us nuclear bombs again? Is there a way to prevent World War Three? If you believe in a nuclear war free world, voice your thoughts to your local representative or elect representative who believe in a nuclear war free world.

Article by Paul Hissen & Video by Anthony Verandes

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