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In Memory of Sharon Michele McAvoy Nichols .:. December 24, 1949 – October 10, 2005

August 13, 2004

More Nuclear Weapons?

Filed under: her words — mark @ 2:29 pm

I just read an article on Common Cause by Jon Else called: “The Museum of Attempted Suicide” about nuclear weapons. I found myself remembering the silliness of “Duck and Cover” from my childhood. I remember at the time thinking that it would be awful to go through something like that. I kept thinking I wanted to go with the first blast because I did not want to be alive after the blast.

As I read the article I saw that the numbers of weapons we have is astounding. We had 30,000 in 1966 and have been producing many more since. For what? Upon whom will we use these? Using them will contaminate the earth for centuries. Then Jon Else spoke with eloquence about a safe that was filled with money, bond, stocks, and gold. It had been in a city built to see how a bomb, called Priscilla, would affect everything. Everything in the constructed city was destroyed except the safe. All of the contents were “safe”. Of course they could have looked at Hiroshima to see that many safes were standing in the rubble after the explosion there. But who wants to use other people’s data?

The article goes on to talk about who would be able to use the contents of the safe once the human race was destroyed. He further spoke of the concrete bunkers that have been constructed to house the leaders so that they will be safe. I was struck by one very interesting thought—We are going to save the ones who brought this on in the first place? How ironic. Would it not be more intelligent to put young people who could re-establish the human race in these bunkers? And even more importantly people who were opposed to this? At least that way it would not start again immediately. I will never understand war and the flimsy, stupid, and transparent reasons given for it.

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