• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

'War and Peace' - ' Is Lackey correct in arguing that anyone that justifies nuclear weapons is justifying tying a child to a bumper to prevent accidents. '

Extracts from this document...


Tom Gannon- A level Ethics 'War and Peace' ' Is Lackey correct in arguing that anyone that justifies nuclear weapons is justifying tying a child to a bumper to prevent accidents. ' In July 1945, America dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. For the first time the world realised the true devastation of nuclear warfare and its very real threat to mankind and to peace. This threat is the underlying proponent of the policy of deterrence - the policy that most nuclear powers/countries now hold in regard to their nuclear weapons i.e. a country will not attack another with nuclear weapons for the threat of nuclear retribution in return. The countries with nuclear armaments justify their preparation on the grounds that their very existence would protect an attack on themselves. ...read more.


However, in considering the policy of deterrence deontologically, Lackey reaches the conclusion that the use of an immoral threat as a prevention of an immoral act is intrinsically wrong in itself, as well as being seemingly pointless. Nuclear superpowers cannot endanger and violate the rights of a population to ensure a victory in much the same way we cannot tie a child to a bumper to prevent an accident. In as speech made in the House of Commons on 10 November, 1932, Stanley Baldwin said: 'The only defence is offence which means that you have to kill more women and children more quickly than the enemy can if you want to save yourselves.' In an age of nuclear weapons, does such a strategy make sense? ...read more.


Nuclear warfare would go beyond the means of achieving the victory Stanley Baldwin saw in his day. It would be total obliteration. The policy of obliterating cities was adopted by the Allies in the last war and was born largely out of the hunger for retribution. This in itself is intrinsically and morally wrong and is the ugly side of war. Nuclear warfare and it's subsequent mass destruction, fuelled by something so trivial as revenge, would be pointless and morally wrong. Conversely, one may argue that we must use any means to fight aggression, especially against those with little or no ability to compromise but with the advent of the nuclear age this is a dangerous argument to uphold. Now with the knowledge of nuclear warfare it is important that we recognise it's destructive possibilities and, ultimately, that we learn to protect ourselves from ourselves. INTERNET SITES USED www.tsas-re.freeserve.co.uk www.faithnet.freeserve.co.uk www.rsweb.org.uk www.davidsemporium.co.uk www.bbc.co.uk/education www.guardian.co.uk/education/alevel ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 essays

  1. International Relations Assess the arguments for and against the proliferation of nuclear weapons

    Redundancy in extra security In his article The Problem of Redundancy Problem: Why More Nuclear Security Forces May Produce Less Nuclear Security, Sagan outlines why he thinks it is that the (at the time of writing) emerging terrorist threats to US nuclear installations poses a problem for the 'redundancy' of security for those weapons.

  2. Vietnam peace movement

    Some had the added guilt because they helped kill their officers. Relationships between the enlisted and their officers were notoriously difficult, since the officers were career soldiers, who lived for fighting and were ambitious for promotion. The enlisted just wanted to do their year then return home.

  1. Rationality, Educated Opinion and Peace

    This paper will first introduce the positions of all three writers. It will then examine the fundamental assumption shared by all three writers with respect to public opinion, before expounding on their arguments on the rationality of the public and why the issue matters.

  2. Can a Christian justify the use of Nuclear Weapons?

    He was saying that if anyone wants peace, must protect themselves as a deterrent from potential attackers. But who is to say that nuclear weapons that are being used as a deterrent will never be used to destroy an enemy causing pain and death to a population.

  1. Apart from the Second World War, there was peace in Yugoslavia between 1919 and ...

    The ethnic rivalry began to challenge Communist control. Younger generations were unhappy with the unemployment - due to the changes Tito had brought about these people had lived almost all of their lives in a wealthy country. Most could not remember the times of peasant farming and poverty like their parents did.

  2. WWII Atomic Weapons Were Justified

    misled the people of Japan into embarking on world conquest" and "stern justice shall be meted out to all war criminals" (http://www.doug- long.com/hiroshim.htm). The emperor was believed to be a God to the Japanese, and to lose his guidance leaves the Japanese with no purpose for existence.

  1. Were Contemporaries Correct in Viewing Chamberlain as a Peacemaker?

    1919 May issue of the Daily Herald shows: The child on the source's left hand side is crying because it knows that the treaty will eventually lead to war due to the treaty's points being too harsh. The child is from the 1940 class, and will end up having to

  2. Do nuclear weapons have any use as instruments of deterrence or are they just ...

    Now that there is a continuous threat of a small confrontation escalating into a nuclear battle the amount of wars involving first world countries has dropped. With war being seen as a more defensive or protectionist role (i.e. Falklands war) with supra national bodies such as the United Nations (UN)

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work