This week's topic:
The sixth of August is Hiroshima day, in commemoration of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima on this date in 1945.
This was the first time an atomic weapon was used in anger, and in a way can be seen as the starting point of the nuclear arms race, the cold war, the doctrine of assured mutual destruction and the fear of nuclear terrorism.
There are many ways to discuss topics from this starting point. Here are a couple:
Was United States in the right or wrong when using these weapons against Japan? Was the way they were used correct or a crime?
Has the idea of nuclear deterrence saved us from a third world war, or has it rather shifted the risk from small conflicts all the time, to a deceptive calm before a storm?
Nuclear fission (and in the future possibly nuclear fusion) is also used in power stations. Should these be abolished due to being a threat to mankind or are they the best thing since sliced bread and our only hope against peak oil, water shortages and global warming?
The English Debate Club:
Challenge and improve your English skills with lively discussions and debates! Sometimes we stick to debate format, other times it evolves into a general discussion.
Focus will be on crafting arguments in English, phrasing for emphasis and expanding vocabulary at an advanced level. Native English speakers who would like to brush up on their debating skills very welcome also!