Atoms For Peace

In 1953, President Eisenhower presented a proposition to both the people of the United States and the world, for the re-purposing of nuclear munitions. In the initial statements of the speech it is clear that Eisenhower is explaining how vast the American nuclear stockpile has become by that point. It is also defined by Eisenhower who at the time has access to the information on how to create and use nuclear weapons both allies, and enemies alike. As well as ear marking the subsequent retaliation that any foreign power would face if a nuclear attack was aimed at American targets. However the aim of his proposition is not simply a rattling of sabers, but to reduce the world wide nuclear stockpile. Eisenhower states that an International Atomic Energy Agency under the protection of the United Nations should be placed over all nuclear munitions where by they may be reused for the general welfare of humanity. Following up to his earlier statements he claims that taking part in the U.N. Resolution would be a matter of pride and honor for the United States. In Closing his speech Eisenhower states that the reduction and limitation of Nuclear weapons would be the first step in progressing in peace, and opening new dialogues.

Question 1: After reading Eisenhower’s statements concerning the balance of nuclear power in the world does it seem likely that either of the colossi would follow this International Atomic Energy agency ?

Question 2: Does it seem Eisenhower is giving mixed messages to the U.S.S.R. for a purpose, and if so what do you think the purpose is ?

Question 3: How do you think Eisenhower’s Speech would be received by members of The U.S.S.R. ?

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