Monday, December 12, 2005

About Those 27,000 Nuclear Warheads In Various Hands Around The World ...

"The world should stop treating the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea as isolated cases and instead deal with them in a common effort to eliminate poverty, organized crime and armed conflict, the director general of the United Nations' nuclear monitoring agency said Saturday in accepting the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.

The director general, Mohamed ElBaradei, said a "good start" would be for the United States and other nuclear powers to cut nuclear weapon stockpiles sharply and redirect spending toward international development.

"More than 15 years after the end of the cold war, it is incomprehensible to many that the major nuclear weapon states operate with their arsenals on hair-trigger alert," Dr. ElBaradei, 63, said.

Despite some disarmament, he continued, the existence of 27,000 nuclear warheads in various hands around the world still hold the prospect of "the devastation of entire nations in a matter of minutes."

Feelings of insecurity and humiliation, exaggerated by today's nuclear imbalance, are behind the spread of bomb-development programs at the national level, said Dr. ElBaradei, who has led the International Atomic Energy Agency since 1997." ...

Walter Gibbs "Accepting Nobel, ElBaradei Urges a Rethinking of Nuclear Strategy" New York Times December 11, 2005.

Scene [colorized] from Shohei Imamura's film version of Masuji Ibuse's novel, Black Rain.

"This film received the award of the Commission of High Techniques at the 24th Cannes International Film Festival. "Black Rain" is a story about a young lady who went to Hiroshima after the atomic bomb had been dropped. Her marriage arrangements failed one after another because it was suspected that she had radiation sickness caused by the atomic bomb. Her uncle and his wife with whom she lived made efforts to dispel the suspicion. However, the young lady, who had been exposed to "Black Rain", showed the symptoms of the sickness caused by secondary exposure to atomic bomb radiation."

Image and text credit: Fukuyama (Japan) Auto & Clock Museum


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