Only Abolition of Nuclear Weapons Will Make Us Safe

By Drohan, Michael | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), January 22, 2018 | Go to article overview

Only Abolition of Nuclear Weapons Will Make Us Safe


Drohan, Michael, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


David Templeton's article "U.S. Again Ponders Surviving Nuclear Attacks" (Jan. 14) reports that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was to hold a session on "Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation" for health officials. He quotes the CDC as stating, "Most people don't realize that sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation." It is difficult to discern what the CDC is striving to do with these words, but it sure sounds like a kind of soothing exercise to the worried citizenry.

The article continues to tell us that the Region 13 Task Force involving 13 counties and Pittsburgh "is fully prepared to deal with catastrophes of all kinds ... and can adapt its strategies to deal with such a doomsday event." Given the experience of what the people of Nagasaki and Hiroshima endured with what we may now call semi-primitive nuclear bombs, these assertions sound fanciful if not ridiculous. …

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