And it seems nuclear conflict is no longer unthinkable. With Trump threatening to nuke North Korea and Kim Jong-un threatening to nuke Guam, it is becoming a very real option.
We’re hearing once again about “tactical” nuclear weapons, which are supposed to be “safer” than the kind that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Apparently, these weapons can be more accurately targeted and radioactive fallout is contained.
This kind of chatter is reprehensible.
With at least nine countries possessing nuclear weapons (click on illustration to enlarge it), there is always going to be danger of someone actually using one. This is a tense world in which rival political philosophies and economic goals are causing constant conflict.
The India-China stand-off, for example, is ostensibly about China building a road in territory belonging to Bhutan but it’s rooted in rivalry for dominance in Asia.
In such a global environment, Trump’s threats to use nuclear force are dangerously irresponsible. While he is probably just bluffing, he is helping to create an atmosphere in which using The Bomb becomes acceptable.
What he and other world leaders should be doing is working to eliminate the 10,000 or more nuclear weapons in the world and promoting the idea that use of nuclear arms is as unacceptable as mustard gas and other chemical weapons.
It’s time for the global population to make their voices heard as so many did in the Sixties. It’s time once again to take to the streets with signs that urge: “Ban the Bomb.”