Seven decades after Hiroshima, is there still a nuclear taboo?

May we never ever forget….

“…We remember especially the man who just melted into the steps of the building. We imagine ourselves like that. As stains on staircases. I imagine future generations of hushed school children pointing to my stain…That was a writer. Not she or he. That.…That’s what nuclear bombs do whether they’re used or not, they violate everything that is humane. They alter the meaning of life itself.”
– Arundhati Roy

(quote previously posted here: https://emabeesart.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/emabee-inspiration-arundhati-roy/)

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Nagasaki, August 10, 1945; photograph by Yosuke Yamahata; used with permission of copyright holder, Shogo Yamahata/Courtesy: IDG films. Photo restoration by TX Unlimited, San Francisco Nagasaki, August 10, 1945; photograph by Yosuke Yamahata; used with permission of copyright holder, Shogo Yamahata/Courtesy: IDG films. Photo restoration by TX Unlimited, San Francisco

This article originally appeared in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. 

By William Burr and Jeffrey Kimball.

Seventy years ago, in August 1945, the United States destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic weapons. Since then, neither the United States nor any other nuclear-armed country has used such weapons against an adversary. Why not? During the Cold War, Washington and Moscow made nuclear threats that could have led to catastrophe, and the history of US strategy and policy since 1945 includes many examples of risky nuclear bluster. But it also includes a number of cases in which decision-makers stopped short of nuclear use because of constraints against first use. These constraints are known collectively as the “nuclear taboo,” an informal but widely-observed prohibition made…

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2 responses to “Seven decades after Hiroshima, is there still a nuclear taboo?

  1. The radiation from Fukushima, Japan is still spewing into the Pacific. And do we remember Chernobyl ? There’s a taboo right in those two examples. Let off a dozen or so nukes and the entire atmosphere is contaminated threatening the life on entire planet.

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