Presentation on theme: "From the Trojan Horse to a Star Wars Missile Defense system, human societies have continually pushed for stronger, smarter, more intimidating weapons."— Presentation transcript:
From the Trojan Horse to a Star Wars Missile Defense system, human societies have continually pushed for stronger, smarter, more intimidating weapons of war. The most famous arms race occurred after World War II between Soviet Union and the United States Another example of an arms race was between Britain and the Germany The definition of an arms race is when two or more countries are pursuing a certain set of military technologies and doing this with an eye on the other countries capabilities.
As the more powerful countries show less commitment to reducing their own arms and continue to pursue their own national interests This causes the smaller nations to hate the more powerful nations. One option for nations that feel threatened has been to improve their defensive capabilities and increase arms purchases. Some say that Bush making a missile defense shield could prod other nations to produce more weapons
Many experts believe the likelihood of a nuclear attack is greater now than it was during the Cold War At the moment the world's nuclear club is eight strong. US, China, Russia, Britain and France and three newcomers of India, Pakistan and Israel. If the rumors are true, the Stalinist state of North Korea has now become the club's newest member In fiscal 2005 (April- June ) the US military budget is going to be 420.7 billion dollars (World Military Spending, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, February 2004)
For me the arms race is fascinating. Most people may say An arms race creates huge problems and they often end in war. When in reality these people are totally wrong. An arms race is just as good as preventing war. Its always Weve made another bomb. or That countries thinking about making the bomb. When are the terrorists going to get the bomb? Well to them I say let them make the bomb It would be an act of insanity to use them and it just might create an even stronger stalemate. Then again there are the people out there who are insane and the people who would use them if given the chance.
There is no reasonable solution to the new arms race The need to feel protected against those we fear is what keeps the race going As long as countries feel insecure with one another they will continue to build new arms and upgrade the old ones With out the arms race during WWII think of all the things that would not be available in todays world or they would just be behind in their time such as planes, jet engines, and the radar.
There are many things that could happen in the future if there is another new arms race. The most likely thing to occur is World War III because history repeats itself. The use of nuclear weapons will most likely occur as well. For instance, if Russia and the United States declare war on each other both countries have the ability to annihilate one another. Just one irresponsible act or mistake by a country with nuclear weapons could create a kind of chaos the world has not yet seen.
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