In our childhood, we were taught that the sun is the source of all forms of energy. We had no idea that scientists had already given birth to an energy that was ‘brighter and powerful than the sun’ in New Mexico deserts on July 16, 1945. After witnessing the first atomic bomb explosion, American theoretical physicist and Professor at the University of California Julius Robert Oppenheimer (one of the creators of the bomb) said: “I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.”
Just a month after the experimental explosion in New Mexico, Hiroshima and Nagasaki experienced effects of atomic bombs. The nuclear bomb has not been used anywhere in the world ever since.
Recently, North Korea test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile to showcase its military might and claimed that it could reach “anywhere in the world”. It is quite natural for North Korea to send such messages to the world community as President of the country is Kim Jong-un, who does not care about anyone, anything. He is a devotee of nuclear energy.
There is another powerful person who has various atomic bombs in his treasures. In fact, he is the most powerful in this regard. He is Donald Trump. Soon after North Korea test-fired the ballistic missile on July 4, Trump deployed two bombers in South Korea (near North Korea border) and asked the US Air Force bombers to drop inert weapons over a training range in the South, with fighter jets from both countries taking part in rare live-fire drills. Pyongyang slammed both America and South Korea, saying that the joint military drills were pushing the region to ‘tipping point’ of a nuclear war. An editorial, titled ‘Don’t play with fire on a powder keg’ and published in the state-run North Korean ‘Rodong’ daily, said: “The US, with its dangerous military provocation, is pushing the risk of a nuclear war on the peninsula to a tipping point.”
Basically, verbal and diplomatic wrestling has failed to satisfy Kim and Trump. So, the two warmongers have started posing nuclear threats to each other. That’s why the global community is so scared of them. Apparently, they are out of control and beyond comprehension. The whole world knows that nuclear weapons are only used for intimidation, and not for use. Even during the Cold War, countries, which had nuclear weapons, did not use them. However, there are no guarantees that the ‘most powerful person’ of the ‘most powerful country’ will follow the same tradition. Although Trump has not shown any interest in using nuclear weapons so far, his reckless stands on different issues have triggered tension in the last six months. And Kim is his ideal follower. It is difficult to expect that leaders, who do not care about their countrymen, will think about the people of other countries.
Trump and Kim are two sparkles, and nuclear weapons are real dangers. As insects find fire, arms and weapons find sparkle. So, the point is simple: if we stockpile arms, there will be war.
Only restraint and rational thinking can save the world.
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