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Just don't look directly at the blast...

Monday, October 09, 2006
In other exciting world news, the DPRK, let by the charming and charismatic Kim Jong-il, (yes, that's irony) has become the world's latest nuclear country (bringing the total to eight, I believe.)

 A 23 kiloton tower shot called BADGER, fired on April 18, 1953 at the Nevada Test Site, as part of the Operation Upshot-Knothole nuclear test series.

So there's the handy Fark-provided link on why nobody's stupid enough to start a nuclear war. I'm not sure I agree. With terrorists who aren't concerned with retaliation and decidedly unstable regimes (try to figure out who I'm talking about here) the house of cards built by the nuclear countries is getting decidely unstable.

Where do we head from here? As other countries such as Iran develop ostensibly peaceful nuclear programs and certainly other countries have covert research operations going, perhaps we should ask ourselves why we want nuclear weapons? What good have they brought the world? The end of World War II (at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives?) What evils have they brought us? Unmeasurable. Pandora's box has been opened... I guess our only hope is that nuclear weapons will be used for deterrence only, since any other use is unimaginably horrible.


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