Video: Catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons

December 13, 2012

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International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)  has released a video detailing the humanitarian, medical, and environmental consequences of nuclear war and explaining why nuclear weapons must be eliminated.

 The unique and horrifying effects of nuclear weapons result in catastrophic consequences. The only natural events to which a nuclear explosion can be compared are massive earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, and similar disasters that result in thousands of casualties and cause catastrophic environmental damage. Unlike natural disasters, however, the consequences of nuclear weapons use, including lethal harm to millions of people who are not even involved in the conflicts in which they are used, are the result of human decisions–they can be prevented by different human decisions.

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6 Responses to “Video: Catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons”

  1. robert korol Says:

    Indeed – this is an excellent video. What I found missing from the dialogue, however, was a definition of nuclear weapons. Does a ban include uranium munitions as made from depleted or enhanced uranium sources, the warheads of which are projected pyrophorically as penetrators of tanks and bunkers within which people seek shelter from bombardments -with virtually no chance of survival?

    Does IPPNW appreciate that such weapons have been used in Iraq, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Libya with the fallout being a fine dust of nano-sized particles which, when inhaled, act as radioactive time-bombs on victims who may not be aware of future health consequences until many years later? IICPH, the International Institute for Concern of Public Health has attempted to bring this revelation to the forefront. So, let’s be clear about the definition of nuclear weapons and broaden it beyond the level of the “big bomb”.

    It would helpful also to know what countries are signatories to the NPT, versus those which are not. Citizens of the latter group which have, or are suspected to have such weapons should be encouraged to ask the “Why not us?” question.

  2. robert korol Says:

    Indeed – this is an excellent video. What I found missing from the dialogue, however, was a definition of nuclear weapons. Does a ban include uranium munitions as made from depleted or enhanced uranium sources, the warheads of which are projected pyrophorically as penetrators of tanks and bunkers within which people seek shelter from bombardments -with virtually no chance of survival?

    Does IPPNW appreciate that such weapons have been used in Iraq, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Libya with the fallout being a fine dust of nano-sized particles which, when inhaled act as time-ticking radioactive time-bombs on victims who may not be aware of future health consequences until many years later? IICPH, the International Institute for Concern of Public Health has attempted to bring this revelation to the forefront. So, let’s be clear about the definition of nuclear weapons and broaden it beyond the level of the “big bomb”.

    It would helpful also to know what countries are signatories to the NPT, versus those which are not. Citizens of the latter group which have, or are suspected to have such weapons should be made to answer the “Why not” question.

  3. Koozma J. Tarasoff Says:

    The film on the impact of nuclear weapons on society is excellent. This weapon of mass destruction must indeed be banned as should the institution of militarism and wars. Let’s get on with it….

  4. Carol Crocke Says:

    It’s amazing that countries are still investing in this horrible weapon. I guess we’re not as civilized as we thought. It really is mind blowing watch the video on nuclear weapon fallout. Just because it has the ability to wipe out countries surely no one will actually risk it. Things are bad enough now! This video is quite the wake-up call. I sure hope everybody gets to watch it.

    Merry Christmas to everyone!

  5. Gordon Gosse Says:

    This video ideally should be seen all. Strongly advocate its dissemination.

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