Remember when we were all afraid of being annihilated in a nuclear war between the USA and the USSR (aka ‘the Russians’)? At least, that’s what historians tell us; I don’t remember being afraid of that personally.
Well now there are so many people with their fingers on so many buttons that nuclear annihilation is just part of the scenery. If Israel, Pakistan and North Korea have nuclear bombs – whether of the atomic or the hydrogen variety – it’s a matter of when and how big, not if. It’s like the next mega-volcanic eruption or the next really big asteroid strike or the next Global Financial Crisis. Why waste emotional energy worrying about it?
This post was inspired by Kim Jong Un’s latest test, of course. Nuclear bomb test, I mean, not psychiatric. And also by a cool animation I saw in the Washington Post showing the size, location and perpetrator of every test since 1946. Do have a look.