in the shadow of the bomb

For 75 years we have lived in the shadow of the bombing of two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, during World War 2. This unparalleled act of destruction has shaped our post-war politics - and our post-war psyche, leading to the eternal stand-off of the Cold War and collective paranoia and nihilism about other countries.

 

In 2017 the United Nations held a conference to try and address the threat hanging over all our heads. They voted to ban the stockpiling and use of all nuclear weapons, but it took three more years before the Treaty on the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons was ratified. On 26th October Honduras became the 50th country to ratify it, enabling it to pass into international law on 22nd January 2021.

 

The UK, US and the other nuclear powers refused to relinquish their ability to destroy the rest of the world and will be in breach of the law when it comes into force.

 

They do not speak for us. In Dove Tales we oppose the use of all weapons and abhor the obscene profits made from the manufacturing and trade of arms.

 

The atom bomb was an extraordinary scientific achievement that emerged from international co-operation between the US, the United Kingdom and Canada during World War 2. It created the most destructive weapon in human history, capable of wiping out humanity. Just think what those scientists could have achieved had they been working for the benefit of mankind.

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