(First published on Ade's Blog)
This is an excerpt from the BBC documentary Hiroshima.
Terrifying - and terrifyingly relevant, as the world's nuclear powers, including the United States, refuse to disarm.
The US is even exploring the possibility of building a new generation of nuclear weapons, the so-called "mini" or "bunker busting" nukes. Tony Blair has justified spending up to 20 billion pounds on a new generation of nuclear weapons-carrying submarines because in his mind, it's uncertain if new nuclear threats will emerge in the future.
Of course, given American support for the two newest nuclear powers on the block, India and Pakistan, the West's long-standing support for illicitly nuclear-armed Israel, and the threat of American invasion that gives states like Iran a powerful motivation to build nukes, it's entirely certain that new nuclear threats will indeed emerge over the next few decades.
That means that it is only a matter of time before the horror of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is repeated. Unless we wake up from our slumber one day and depose the leaders who have put us all in such peril.
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