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The most significant threat facing America today is the risk of being attacked with Weapons of Mass Destruction WMD Although the Soviet Union has fallen and the threat of large-scale nuclear and chemical attacks have been diminished another threat has arisen This threat is an attack from smaller nations that are angry with andor have a score to settle with the United States These countries are now capable of buying andor researching nuclear weapons Currently North Korea Iraq China and numerous terrorist groups have or are attempting to create or buy Weapons of Mass Destruction Atomic or nuclear weapons have only been used twice to attack another nation The first attack came on August 6 1945 On this date the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima Then a few days later on August 9 the US dropped another atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki Encarta Hiroshima Since World War 2 nuclear weapons have not been used to attack another nation The atomic bomb used on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki would only equal one ten-thousandths of Americas smallest nuclear missile today The closest any nation has come to launching a nuclear attack on another country was during the Cuban Missile Crisis In October of 1962 US spy planes took pictures of land-based nuclear missile launch sites in Cuba These sites were being installed run and defended by Soviet troops After only two weeks the missiles were removed and America became calm once again The Soviets reason for installing that site in Cuba was to create what is called a first strike capability First strike capability would allow the Soviets to destroy Americas second strike capability Second strike capability is when one nation is able to absorb another nations attack and be able to retaliate and inflict irreparable damage to the attacking country This second strike capability is what deters countries from attacking one another Deterrence is
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