Owen Jones on Nuclear Disarmament and CND at 60

In an article for the Guardian, Owen Jones talks about the threat of nuclear war and how it’s not even being discussed. He points out the irony that the leader of the labour party is in favour of nuclear disarmament but the Labour leadership follows a policy of Trident renewal. CND believes the lifetime cost of Trident renewal to be £205 billion – money that can be better spent on causes that are too obvious to list.

…That’s just one bomb, of course. What if 100 nuclear warheads with a much lower yield – 15 kilotons, say, the size of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima – were exchanged on the Indian subcontinent? Well, scientists have modelled this scenario, and the calamity extends far beyond the borders of India and Pakistan. As five megatons of black carbon instantly enter the atmosphere, temperatures will suddenly fall, rainfall will decline, the ozone layer will thin dramatically and the frost-free growing period for crops will shorten by between 10 and 40 days. According to the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, 2 billion people could starve in the aftermath. In a full east-west exchange billions would also die. Infrastructure would collapse. The survivors would, it is often said, envy the dead. They would suffer torturous protracted deaths from radiation; they would scrabble for food in irradiated soil; as healthcare systems implode, their illnesses and cancers would be untreated. For the diminishing minority who remained alive, it would be everyone for themselves in a struggle for survival in a ravaged hellscape.

The full article can be found here.

Check out information about CND’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Aldermaston March.


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