I’m irritated by the loose talk of nuclear war these days. People talk nonchalantly, too nonchalantly about it.
Growing up in the cold war I experienced the constant hysteria and the doomsday scenarios. That hysteria surely wasn’t healthy but neither is it healthy when people talk today about nuclear war as if it is a game of cricket. Many of these morons who talk this way have no clue what nuclear war means. I suspect that this is what happens when one becomes too detached from reality and when one lives too much in the virtual reality of computer games.
To understand what even a small tactical nuke means, let’s look at the following example.
This photo was taken after the explosion of about 4,500 tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer at a chemical plant in Oppau, Germany on September 21, 1921.
The explosion was massive. It left a crater 90 by 125 meters and 19 meters deep, killed 500 to 600 people and left 2,000 injured.
Within a radius of 25 kilometers roofs were ripped off. 30 kilometers away windows had bursted and the explosion could be heared more than 300 kilometers away.
The explosion was equivalent to 1 to 2 kilotonnes of TNT.
In other words: the explosion was the equivalent to the detonation of a small tactical nuclear weapon.
Rest assured that the death toll of 600 people would have been much, much higher if the explosion had happened in a more densely populated area.
Now, imagine the destruction, the horror and the carnage of even the smallest of these weapons.
To those who put these funny Ukranian flags on their social media profile and who hysterically call for more escalation and more involvement in Ukraine:
Is the question of whether corrupt Ukrainian oligarchs or corrupt Russian oligarchs rule some areas of Ukraine of such importance for you that you would subject the Ukranian population, NATO troops or, worst case, your neighbours and countrymen to the horrors of nuclear war?