Through history, offensive measures have been produced by countries to eliminate other countries, or defend themselves from invasion. These offensive designs or weapons are typically counteracted with defensive systems, to render the offensive weapon or system obsolete. New age technology has led to the discovery and production of nuclear arms, and its importance and danger has spanned from World War II through the Cold War, to the society of today. Until today, governments have mulled about in fear of having nuclear weapons used on their nation. Until today, people were stricken with terror at the sheer destructive force of the nuclear bomb. Until today, nations have fought to control the largest quantity of these weapons, struggled to maintain proliferation, and single-handedly deviate ways to defend themselves from these weapons. Today, the International Weapon Defense Systems Initiative (IWDSI) is born, uniting countries, and launching them above and beyond the realm of fear, into the society of protection and progress.
In the past, nuclear weapons have presented themselves as immense threats to both countries devoid of them, as well as countries fully equipped with them. During World War II, the highly controversial decision to attack both Hiroshima and Nagasaki using nuclear bombs was made, in an attempt to push Japan into surrender, ending the bloody fight between Japan and the United States. The bombs were dropped, resulting in massive destruction, buildings in both cities vaporized in closest proximity, and leveled in a large radius. The launching of these bombs proved their effectiveness to countries worldwide, as well as presented the United States as a powerful nation, with military means backing them.
However, this example led to the arms race among several countries, including the brinkmanship that spawned between the United States and Soviet Russia. Both world powers sought to outweigh the other in uranium tons, competing for the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons at their disposal. Although the Cold War faded after the death of Joseph Stalin, nuclear weapons remained a threat to countries worldwide, and development of these weapons in other countries was already well under way.
The idea behind the International Weapon Defense Systems Initiative is deceptively simple, yet efficient. This program is international, because any and all countries can join it, as long as they pledge to provide resources and institutions in support of the program. It is efficient because many countries possess brilliant engineers and physicists, and through working together collectively, uniting under one goal, the ideas forged by these scientists will flourish, and allow for innovation in defenses. Any revolutionary product created within the international group will be shared with all countries participating, so that any country that added resources, people, or universities to the equation will receive the benefits of the newfound protection. The protection will not be shared with outsiders, thus resulting in an increased desire for both countries with and without nuclear arms to join and cooperate. Leaders from joined countries will meet and track progress to discuss the course of the project, and the scientists involved will work together, melding their ideas and solutions into one.
The Manhattan project, forged by the United States Government in 1942 in order to “[expedite] research that would produce a viable atomic bomb” (Source 1), to protect the United States, as well as end the war in Japan. The International Weapon Defense Systems Initiative is an organization built upon the idea of protection, just as the Manhattan Project was. The idea behind the IWDSI is to bring together the world’s most brilliant physicists and engineers, in order to fabricate a defense system that would render nuclear weapons useless. The Manhattan Project was a success in the four years it progressed, with immigrants from Europe assisting the United States in their operation. The IWDSI is designed to create results faster and more efficiently, with more than one or a handful of countries backing its goals.
An example of an efficient and successful international organization that has blown away nations with the sheer influence of their decisions and policies is the United Nations (UN). The UN was created in 1945, starting out with 51 countries in its charter (Source 2). The United Nations is devoted to “[keeping] peace throughout the world”, “[developing] friendly relations among nations”, “[improving] the lives of poor people, [conquering] hunger, disease, and illiteracy, and [encouraging] respect for each other's rights and freedoms”, “[and] harmonizing the actions of these nations to achieve these goals” (Source 2). This collectivized organization is successful primarily because multiple countries are working together, supplying the troops, resources, and brainpower to achieve the aforementioned goals. When groups cooperate to this magnitude, goals are achieved, and the lives of people are greatly improved, as compared to one nation working towards such wide-scale goals. As an example, the United Nations has been a player in “bringing about independence in more than 80 countries that are now sovereign nations” (Source 2). Bringing about the freedom of nations is no small feat, and often requires the acts of more than one outside nation to succeed. An imperative idea behind the organization is the international teamwork factor, in which all participating countries will supply resources and human ingenuity, as well as construct universities and institutions in support of the program, increasing the overall intelligence of their nation's people as a by-product.
Not only will the International Weapon Defense Systems Initiative promote individual growth of intelligence within a country, but the economy will also be affected. The IWDSI will provide hundreds of jobs in any country that participates, and not only that, but new innovations in technology will be created in attempting to build the defense system, such as new types of radar, satellite upgrades, even communication modifications. In addition to the IWDSI, the children of the supporters of the program and future generations will have an expanded knowledge of the defensive subject area, as well as a firm background in preservation and cooperation.
Today, the future is a path to a world where weapons are not made obsolete by more advanced weaponry, but defensive structures or systems that render the weapons useless. The International Weapon Defense Systems Initiative is the first step on that path, a path that will not only lead us to higher places as a country, but a more integrated and prosperous world.
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