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Nuclear War the Ultimate Disaster

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 June 2012

Eugene I. Chazov
Tcherepcovsky 15, Moscow, 121552, USSR


Everyday humanity witnesses an opportunity to take a new step forward. Every morning millions of people enter a new day hoping for happiness and joys of life, and believing in a cloudless future. In everyday life with its troubles and problems, most people forget that their future wellbeing and happiness are endangered by thousands of missiles and nuclear warheads aimed at mankind itself. According to United Nations Reports, there are 50,000 nuclear warheads on Earth today. Their explosive energy is equal to over one million bombs of the kind dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Unfortunately, some politicians and some members of the lay public do not know (or rather do not want to know) the simple truth that mankind has produced and keeps in store a power that can annihilate its creators. Let me recall Jolio Curie's words: “People should not allow the forces they have managed to discover and learned how to handle now be the cause of their destruction.”

Section Two—Prevention of Nuclear War
Copyright © World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine 1985

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