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Is Russia More Of a Threat Than We Think?

Cuban Missle Site (History.com)

Imagine the outbreak of World War Ⅲ, and only having a few minutes to say goodbye to your loved ones. Russia and the United States have had tension between them since the Cold War. President Trump is still unsure that Russia had anything to do with the hijacking of the 2016 Presidential Campaign. Russia is a threat to the United States because they hijacked the 2016 Presidential Campaign, and Russia also has nuclear weapons pointed at us that if are detonated can cause mass destruction to the United States.

In the last 200 years, the United States and Russia have had a very competitive relationship. They have not only competed for political influences, but economic influences as well. The tension between the United States and Russia mainly started during Cold War. The Cold War was “a state of geopolitical tension after World War Ⅱ between the Soviet Union and the United States.”  While there was no actual battle, it is called the Cold War because there was no direct fighting but they each had supported major regional wars also known as proxy wars. While neither side engaged in a fight, they were both heavily armed in preparation for a possible all-out nuclear war. Each side had strategies to make sure that if the enemy side fired their nuclear missiles at them, that they would be able to fire nuclear weapons as well which would lead to total destruction of both sides. This is also known as Mutually Assured Destruction or MAD. The tensions rose when the Soviet Union placed missiles in Cuba. After a long 13 days of a standoff between the United States and Russia, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev finally decided to agree to Cuba’s request and disarmed the missiles, and sent them on a ship back to the Soviet Union Territory. The United States soon agreed to disarm all of their nuclear missiles pointed at the Soviet Union as well. Following this event, both the United States and the Soviet Union placed several agreements which reduced the tension between two nations for several years.

Picture of Nikita Khrushchev (Youtube)

Russia has become a threat over several years because the government has found proof that they hijacked the 2016 presidential election. “According to US intelligence officials, Russian hackers made repeated attempts before this year’s election to get into major US institutions, including the White House and the state department.” (The Guardian) Russian hackers made and sent out emails hoping that someone would click on them, which would then publish them before the United States election. The furore dominated news bulletins which  damaged Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin has a dislike for Clinton. When Putin was elected for a third time, riots and protest broke out all over Russia. Rather than seeing how dislikes he was, he believe that Clinton paid the protesters to push him from his position as president. During the time of the United States presidential election, Russia’s media made Clinton out to be a warmonger, or “a person who encourages or advocated aggression toward other countries or groups.“ (Merriam-Webster) Putin portrayed Donald Trump as a favourable person of Russia. “On Thursday, Barack Obama’s press secretary, Josh Earnest, said he shared the view of US intelligence officials that Putin had directly authorised the hack.” (The Guardian) Officials also say that a Russian hacking group was behind the hacking of the parliament in Berlin. Like the United States attack, the Russians pushed emails that were sent from an account that was traced back to the United Nations. This sparked multiple investigations which express concern about the security of the United States electoral process and whether a rival power might be able to influence an election results. While Russia and President Trump have denied the charges, ongoing investigations proceed.

Pictures of Russian Nuclear Bombs (Daily Express)

Russia continues to be a growing threat to the United States because Russia has nuclear weapons, and if they shoot them at the United States, then it can cause Mass Destruction. Nuclear bombs have been known to be the deadliest military weapon made. A nuclear bomb is strong enough to destroy a whole entire city. A normal nuclear bomb was made to cause intentional mass casualties to cities. A nuclear bomb can affect anywhere from 1-8 kilometers. Along with the Nuclear Bomb wiping out whole entire cities, it can also cause radiation to linger in the air and cause neighboring cities to be exposed to radiation. If you are exposed to too much Pictures of Russian Nuclear Bombs radiation it can cause radiation poisoning which can lead to death. Radiation is mostly harmful with pregnant women. The conditions of radiation exposure increase the risk of leukemia, cancer, infertility, and birth defects with the infant. Nuclear weapons have developed over time and become way stronger than they used

Effects of the Nuclear Bomb (Metro)

to be. Nuclear weapons are used only for radiation exposure and mass destruction. Nuclear weapons can reach to temperatures up to several million degrees. This heat can result in the vaporization of all human tissue. At the nuclear bomb site of Hiroshima, the shadows of people caught in open air were burnt into the concrete. These temperatures also cause neighboring cities to catch on fire. There can be fires in houses, tree’s, and even just fields of grass. A nuclear bomb attack can cause mass hysteria and destruction if one was ever dropped on the United States.

In conclusion, Russia is a threat to the United States because they hijacked the 2016 Presidential Campaign, and Russia also has nuclear weapons pointed at us that if are detonated can cause mass destruction to the United States.While the president denies that the Russians have done anything wrong, there are still many other sources saying that the Russians hacked the 2016 Presidential elections. If Russia decides to drop Nuclear Bombs on the United States, it can not only cause mass destruction, but it can cause radiation poisoning, and cause neighboring cities to have buildings, tree’s and even just grass fields to catch on fire. People in America should care about these concerns because If Russia did hack into and screw up the 2016 presidential election, then that could have caused a miscount in the ballots. People should also be concerned care about these concerns because if Russia decides to drop nuclear bombs, then it can affect everyone in America. Our call to action should be to write to our local/national politicians and let them know what we can do to help, and let them know that we are concerned about these situations.

Article by Samantha Russell

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One Comment

  1. I agree with many of the points made in this article. I think it’s interesting to note that the US was willing to use nuclear weapons on the USSR and came very close to doing so especially during the Berlin Airlift in 1948. It wasn’t until the USSR got nuclear weaponsn in 1949 that we stopped seriously considering the atomic bomb for conflicts.