The folks at Business Insider have put together a nice little (and terrifying, really) animated video depicting every single nuclear explosion and test of a nuclear weapon in the World since 1945.
What struck me as terrifying is the sheer number of tests performed by the United States. At what point did; or will ever, our government decide that “Yeah, we think we can kill everybody on the planet, now.”?
On July 16, 1945, the US conducted the world’s first test of a nuclear weapon. Less than a month later, two bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, bringing about the end of World War II.
No wonder folks in the 1950s and 1960s purchased bomb shelters for their homes. No wonder, that everyone knew what buildings were designated as atomic fallout shelters. No wonder, nobody trusts anybody about anything.
For the record, Russia holds the record for largest nuclear bomb and explosion. The United States carries the record for sheer number of tests. No citizen of the planet wins anything, but the knowledge of “Mutually Assured Destruction” was/is the goal of the nations conducting these tests.
In the 21st Century, we no longer worry about “The Cold War”. We concern ourselves with the “War on Terror”. Terrorists are using airplanes, backpacks, and pressure cookers for their explosions. When will a nuclear bomb test be carried out by an individual and not a country? How will that affect the goal of ‘mutually assured destruction”? What will be the response? Will another individual conduct a barrage of further “tests” to prove his/her dominance on the field? I wonder how that test will affect the “counts” on the little nation flags depicted in the video
The next time you watch one of those “crazy survivalists” on YouTube or a Cable TV show, you may want to start digging a hole in your backyard and hauling in a bomb shelter of your own. Then again, it may be Zombies that take us all down. Are our governments performing “Mutually Assured Brain-Eating” tests–you know–just in case.