The comparison about the nuclear disaster in Hiroshima and

The comparison about the nuclear disaster in Hiroshima and


As early as February 2022, the world started talking about nuclear dangers again. This time, however, it is not about the danger of a nuclear war, but about the irresponsibility of waging a war near a nuclear power plant, in this case the one in Zaporizhia, in southern Ukraine.

From a nuclear perspective, the Cold War ended in 1991 without a real confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union, which would have been at least “hot” given the superpowers’ vast nuclear arsenals.

It is true that there were critical moments, such as the Cuban missile crisis of 1963, but both the American and Soviet leadership always knew how to avoid the worst, and the worst would be, and continues to be, a war in which calls for nuclear weapons.

In a report for “DN”, DIÁRIO DE NOTÍCIAS says, “I had the opportunity to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki and on another occasion Semipalatinsk. What happened in these three places largely explains why the Cold War was not “hot”, despite the fact that the Americans and Soviets faced each other in several proxy wars on several continents.

In the two Japanese cities, in August 1945, the American atomic bombs showed the terror of the new weapon, clearly showing everyone the risk of its reuse, even more so when the technological evolution towards the so-called nuclear greatly increased the destructive capacity; then, at the test site in present-day Kazakhstan, the Soviets tested their first bomb in August 1949 and thereby achieved nuclear parity with the Americans. The so-called balance of terror was guaranteed.

Nuclear irresponsibility could bring disaster from Chernobyl to Zaporizhia

Well, here we are in August 2022 and there is a lot of talk about nuclear again. In fact, nuclear has been talked about far too often since, in February, Russia (the main heir to the Soviet Union and still possessing thousands of warheads, like the United States) invaded Ukraine (another former Soviet republic, but which, like Kazakhstan, gave up its nuclear arsenal), and the West decided to retaliate with economic sanctions against Moscow and military support for Kyiv.

This time, however, it is not about the danger of a nuclear war, but about the irresponsibility of waging a war near a nuclear power plant, in this case the one in Zaporizhia, in southern Ukraine, on the territory occupied by the Russians. Just the fact that Chernobyl, another Soviet-era Ukrainian power plant, was the scene of a dramatic accident should raise alarm bells in Kyiv and Moscow.

Currently, the Ukrainians and Russians are now trading accusations about responsibility for what is happening in Zaporyjie, and there is certainly responsibility on both sides, one because it desperately tried to defend itself against superior forces, the other because he tried by all means to make the invasion a success, despite the difficulties.

In this sense, there is no lack of arguments against some and others, and especially against a Russia that is at the origin of the problem as a result of the invasion of the neighboring country in February and the installation of weapons there, but the moment is far too dangerous not to say the essence of Kiev and Moscow: put an immediate end to the fighting near Zaporizhia.

For its part, Moscow, which has controlled the plant since March despite retaining Ukrainian personnel working on the six reactors, must authorize an immediate inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency, DIÁRIO DE NOTÍCIAS reports.