TruthOut OpEd on the Four Paradoxes of the Nuclear Age by John Isaacs

Four Paradoxes of the Nuclear Age

By John Isaacs
June 18, 2013

A 1950 Japanese film entitled Rashomon describes an incident in which four witnesses to a crime give wildly contradictory but equally plausible accounts of what happened.

In the on-going debate on nuclear weapons, observers looking at the status of nuclear arms give similarly conflicting opinions of what the facts mean, resulting in four paradoxes of the nuclear age.

Numbers of nuclear weapons

For instance, at the height of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, there were as many as 70,000 nuclear weapons across the globe.

Today there are some 17,300 worldwide, most still in the hands of the United States and Russia.

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