The Pinky Show - Pinky Interviews John Burroughs, Director, Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy
Have you ever wondered . . .
Does the threat of nuclear war still exist?
What is the real risk of nuclear accidents?
What are the effects of nuclear weapons?
What would happen if a nuclear bomb was dropped on a U.S. city?
Is there a threat from other WMDs, such as biological and chemical weapons?
Many of us are too young to remember Nagasaki, Hiroshima, and the after effects of the atomic bombs that ended WWII. With the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the public's fear of full scale nuclear war significantly diminished, and thoughts of the potential for nuclear war and the after effects of nuclear weapons are far from our minds. Today, many people only have a general idea of the unimaginable effects of nuclear weapons.
The past five years have seen a reversal of policy, and once again nations are turning to nuclear proliferation. Currently, there are 26,000 nuclear weapons in the world. Nations such as North Korea, Iran, and Syria are possibly developing nuclear weapons, and these potential rogue nations combined with unsecured nuclear stockpiles lead to a possibility for nuclear weapons to fall into the hands of terrorists.
Most of us feel relatively safe from the threat of nuclear weapons, but no weapon has ever been created that has not been used. As long as WMDs exist, there is the potential for nuclear warfare.
Watch our nuclear explosion video (above) to see the effects of nuclear weapons, and what might happen if a nuclear bomb is dropped on a major U.S. city.