I spent most of my working life in the nuclear business. But I’m now with CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament). What made me switch sides? Two things. The truth about the atom bombs dropped on Japan; and the deadly risks we face today. I didn’t know these things, even after many years working in the industry. Maybe a lot of people don’t know either. So this blog aims to help fill the gap a little.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” (George Santayana)
Atom bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Most of the victims were civilians. Many died a lingering and tortuous death. Survivors also suffered, even today. No education is complete without a knowledge of these two terrible events.
“I know not with what weapons WW3 will be fought, but WW4 will be fought with sticks and stones” (Albert Einstein)
Although the Cold War has ended, the risk of nuclear war has not. In fact some experts think the risks are higher today, because more countries have nukes. A mishap, miscalculation or madness could one day be the trigger.
“The best way to predict your future is to create it” (Abraham Lincoln)
No-one has a crystal ball. But it is worth thinking about worst/best case scenarios. Why? To work out how to avoid the one and achieve the other.