Hiroshima and the moral case against nuclear weapons
The fact that I alone find nuclear weapons disgusting is not moral
in itself against nuclear weapons of mass destruction since many of us
things disgusting out of personal preference, religious belief or simple
prejudice. However, there is overwhelming evidence that there is
disgust over nuclear WMD even among their advocates who are probably
more aware of their effects upon humanity than the rest of us. These
became aware of as a species when the plane Anola Gay dropped the first
atom bomb on the people of Hiroshima on 6th August 1945. Subsequent
information of fallout and radiation sickness has only served to
underline the horror and disgust experienced by both Hiroshima and
Nagasaki and the onlookers of the world alive then and for subsequent
Without going into all of the gorey details right now for those who may
not know, suffice it to say that those atom bombs caused widespread pain
and suffering to the victims as well as to the onlookers. This is
because we would not desire such pain and suffering to to be inflicted
upon ourselves even in retalliation to such pain and suffering inflicted
To cause pain and suffering to others is what we understand to be
'evil' since what is 'good' is that which creates pleasure and improves
things socially. For example, if somebody were to stab me once, then it
would either be sheer vindictiveness or insanity for me to retaliate
with even one stab let alone two or to hack the other to pieces. This
isn't a pacifist stance either since I am speaking of retaliation and
attack and not defence here in this particular argument.
There are also environmental arguments against nuclear weapons and
power, although I have found these to be increasingly more of a
since their moral and ethical foundations have become undermined and are
therefore shakey because of compromise and collusion. This is because
the advent of psuedo-environmentalism over the past twenty years where
about everybody claims to be an 'environmentalist' and where simply to
the word 'green' to something appears to be grounds for moral
but not because something is environmentally beneficial or even socially
It would seem obvious common-sense to me, however, that nuclear weapons
and nuclear reactors are one and the same thing. They are unethical,
anti-social and are crap science and should therefore be abolished
In response to Brian Quayle's remark about the use of the word
'deterrent' on the Ten Fascinating Facts About Trident - again listed
below - I think that we all agree that this word is a government word in
find out all the latest on
The Faslane Big Blockade 2004, Coulport Camp and Devonport, Plymouth.
Here Are Ten Fascinating Facts About
Trident That Were Published In The Latest Faslane Briefing Sheet:
1. One Trident warhead has the destructive power equal to eight times
atom bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima. 200,000 people were killed by
the Hiroshima bomb on 6th August 1945.
2. The Government spends £48 a second maintaining the Trident
That is £2,880 every minute or 3172,800 every hour. It adds up to
million every year.
3. On three separate occasions, Defence Minister Geoff Hoon pledged
Trident would be used in the attack on Iraq if chemical or bioligical
weapons were used against British troops.
4. The Trident missiles on UK submarines are leased from the USA, and
British Trident is entirely dependent on US satellite and communications
5. Each Trident warhead carries about 5 kilograms of plutonium in a
about the size of a grapefruit. One warhead also contains between ten
twenty kilograms of high exlplosive.
6. The International Court of Justice 1196 Advisory Opinion on nuclear
weapons makes it plain that systems like Trident, which are
weapons of mass destruction, are illegal under international law.
7. There is a UK Trident submarine on patrol somewhere in the North
Atlantic ready to fire its missiles at all times. Trident submarines
sea for about three months and never come to the surface.
8. As well as carrying nuclear weapons each Trident submarine is
a nuclear reactor.
9. One of the first things a new Prime Minister does after being
to hand-write a letter for each Trident submarine captain authorising
fire his missiles in the event of the submarine losing all contact with
10. Britain has just under 200 Trident nuclear weapons. Britain has
strategic nuclear weapons than China, Isreal, India and Pakistan. Only
US, Russia and France have more.