The more you read about them the more you realise
other thing you tend to notice is that nuclear arms and power really
tend to divide people. For every person that claims that nuclear
weapons act as a deterrent you will have another person arguing that
they're not worth it. And both claims are understandable, but they
tap into a genuine problem: the majority of people on both sides
don't wholly know what they're talking about.
that's OK, because most people tend to associate nuclear weapons with
the feeling after seeing video of a mushroom cloud - it's only human to respond
emotionally. When you talk about a
nuclear event you're talking about the fusion or fission of atoms,
the smallest individual particles possible exchanging even smaller
bits of themselves and in doing so fundamentally
changing themselves into an entirely different material.
It's the closest humanity has come to achieving pure alchemy; and though
we want to use this power for good, we've done – and have the
capacity to continue to do – some pretty abominable things with it.