Nuclear weapon

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Concept.png Nuclear weapon 
(“Weapon of mass destruction”Sourcewatch
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A US nuclear test over Bikini Atoll in 1954
Type technology

Official narrative

According to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, those nations which have these weapons of mass destruction are obliged to try to prevent their spread and to eliminate their own holdings of these weapons.

Problems

A nuclear war involving USA or Russia quite possibly result in a nuclear winter which would cause humans and most other life forms to go extinct.[1]

History

Nuclear weapons were first developed by the Manhattan Project in the USA and twice deployed on Japan at the end of World War II. Their creation and stockpiling was a major element in the cold war. At least 33,000 US citizens were killed by their development and mass production.[2] Many tens of thousands of other people were killed as a result of the nuclear tests carried out in remote locations such as pacific islands.[citation needed][3]

Non-proliferation treaty

Full article: Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

In 1968 the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons was signed, which committed states without nuclear weapons not to seek to acquire them, and those with them to reduce their holdings. However, the nation states with nuclear weapons are not abiding by the treaty and have never made serious efforts to reduce their holdings. Indeed, "a trillion dollar build up of U.S. nuclear weapons is well underway."[4] In 2010 the Pentagon revealed that the US had 5113 nuclear weapons, down from over 31,000 in the late 1960s. More recent FOIA requests to determine the current number have been denied, notwithstanding their claim that "increasing the transparency of global nuclear stockpiles is important to non-proliferation efforts".[5]

The only nation to have acquired but then given up nuclear weapons is South Africa. The exact fate of some of South Africa's weapons is uncertain, and rumors suggest that three of them were "misplaced".

Connection to Nuclear power

A proper accounting of the risks of nuclear power reveals that its development was never economically justifiable, but was primarily intended as a method of deriving radioisotopes for use in nuclear weapons - explaining a lot of the lies and other hypocrisies which continue to surround the topic.

Alternative uses?

Many alternative uses have been proposed for nuclear weapons, including bizarre ones such as the disruption of hurricanes, expedite excavation, generate power, rearrange the solar system or even to attempt to plug the leaking deep water horizon oil spill. No uses have proved feasible apart from te mass extermination of living beings.[6]

Continued risk

Nuclear weapons continue to pose a real risk of human extinction.[7]  

An example

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Mini-nukeA nuclear device small enough to be carried in a backpack


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