Few human beings alive today can tell you what it’s like to experience the detonation of a nuclear weapon. That’s because, thankfully, we now understand the terrifying, hidden realities of these devices.
Nuclear radiation is a horrifyingly powerful force. For those who were hooked by the recent HBO miniseries Chernobyl, nuclear technology of any kind is freshly frightening. The series did an incredible job of portraying the silent, invisible, and deadly nature of radiation through the use of droning, ambient sound and incredibly poignant shots of usually-mundane, everyday actions. A woman milking a cow in the exclusion zone, for example, carries with it the weight of every particle of radiation not only affecting the milk inside of her cow, but the milk as it travels to the already irradiated bucket below.
And this tragic turn of events wasn’t part of a purposeful weaponized explosion, either.
That is why a recently deleted document from the Pentagon is so viscerally terrifying.
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NUCLEAR weapons could still create “decisive results” and break stalemates during a war, Pentagon top brass have claimed.
The ominous new document – since deleted – is called ‘Nuclear Operations’ and suggests military chiefs could once again use the weapons of mass destruction to “restore strategic stability.”
Arms control experts say the doctrine marks a dangerous shift towards the idea of actually fighting and winning a full-scale nuclear conflict.
“Using nuclear weapons could create conditions for decisive results and the restoration of strategic stability,” the joint chiefs’ document states.
“Specifically, the use of a nuclear weapon will fundamentally change the scope of a battle and create conditions that affect how commanders will prevail in conflict.”
The revelation comes as the US is busy developing “low yield” nuclear weapons – a possible sign that nukes could once again find themselves in use on the modern battlefield.
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