Some believe that nuclear weapons benefit the world at large. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Feb 26, 2022 / Recent IELTS writing task 2 questions / 3:25 am

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Some believe that nuclear weapons benefit the world at large. To what extent do you agree or disagree?


It has been a controversial issue since its invention whether nuclear weapons benefit the human race. I agree that it can lessen the chance of a major war between countries, and thereby benefit a larger population. However, the darker side should be seen with utmost vigilance.

 Turning to the positive aspect of having a nuclear weapon for a country, the best is that it increases its confidence. It can ensure peace not only to its own citizens, but also to the citizens of its neighboring countries. For example, some countries which had waged war in between in the previous century are seen maintaining peace and keeping diplomatic relations at present, and the only reason why this has happened is because they now are nuclear powers. The real irony is that having nuclear weapons ensures safety for millions of lives, rather than a destructive method to wipe out the entire life of an area, the real intention why it was invented.

 However, the darker side is worse that it is thought to be. The first ever nuclear attack was in Japan, and the world saw how severe its effect was. People in Hiroshima and Nagasaki are still bearing its after-effects. Since then, many countries have become nuclear powers and the striking power of a nuclear weapon now is far better than what was used in Japan in 1945. Although the chances are rare, if used anywhere in the world, the whole world is expected to face its dire consequences, which would last more than what it has ever experienced.

 To conclude, though there is a great risk of using nuclear weapons irrationally, in general, I feel that it acts as a tool to evade any major war at present and in future, which is definitely advantageous for the whole world.

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