After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the decline of the Soviet Union many people believed the nuclear threat was a thing of a past. But even though both the US and Russia have reduced the number of nuclear weapons in their arsenals, the actual destructive power hasn’t decreased – quite the contrary. The bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki are what we nowadays call tactical nuclear weapons, and mere firecrackers compared to modern strategic nuclear weapons.
Strangely enough the risk of nuclear war was much lower during the Cold War than today. Back in the day the US and the Soviet Union kept in touch all the time. The militaries of both sides spoke with each other in order to prevent misunderstandings which could lead to mutual assured destruction. There was the famous red telephone line connecting the White House and the Kremlin directly. All these safeguards don’t exist anymore.
So, why am I writing about all this? Just today I read an article about how the current situation makes World War III more likely than ever. Perhaps the article is a bit alarmist, but I still recommend anyone to read it. The only way to get out of this dire situation is to realize that there’s an actual risk and finally ban ALL nuclear weapons.