Nuclear weapons ConQuote: French writer Albert Camus
French writer Albert Camus: "Our technical civilization has just reached its greatest level of savagery.We will have to choose, in the more or less near future, between collective suicide and the intelligent useof our scientific conquests. Before the terrifying prospects now available to humanity, we see even moreclearly that peace is the only battle worth waging. This is no longer a prayer but a demand to be made byall peoples to their governments -- a demand to choose definitively between hell and reason."
We have more nukes than we need
In a 2-megaton explosion over a fairly large city, buildings would be vaporized, people reduced to atomsand shadows, outlying structures blown down like matchsticks and raging fires ignited. And if the bombwere exploded on the ground, an enormous crater, like those that can be seen through a telescope on thesurface of the Moon, would be all that remained where midtown once had been. There are now morethan 50,000 nuclear weapons, more than 13,000 megatons of yield, deployed in the arsenals of theUnited States and the Soviet Union -- enough to obliterate a million Hiroshimas.But there are fewer than 3000 cities on the Earth with populations of 100,000 or more. You cannot findanything like a million Hiroshimas to obliterate. Prime military and industrial targets that are far fromcities are comparatively rare. Thus, there are vastly more nuclear weapons than are needed for any plausible deterrence of a potential adversary.
We have 5,000+ nukes
The exact number as of Sept. 30, 2009, was 5,113 warheads, according to a U.S. fact sheet releasedMonday.Page 3 of 9