The opening rounds of WW-III began with Operation Crossroads in 1946. Between 1945 (Hiroshima and Nagasaki) and 1998, there were a total of 2,053 nuclear bombs set off. The majority surface or air bursts.
* Look at the statistics on cancers, birth defects, various diseases during and since that time. Not to mention such things as Chernobyl, Fukushima, TMI, huge amounts of Depleted Uranium, etc.
* I am a nuclear veteran of that first phase (Redwing, Marshall Islands, 1956) and I survived my exposure. Many didn't. The horror of those bombs still gives me flashbacks. I've spent much of my life working for an end to nuclear, period; and for us to adopt a philosophy of world peace.
* Now, I am looking at a pack of madmen who want to go to phase two and start throwing these things at each other in wholesale lots, and a couple of hundred million people who just shrug their shoulders and tweet.
I Have Seen the Dragon
I have seen the Dragon
Through clenched lids and arms pressed tight.
I have felt its hot breath on my back
And listened to the rumble of its voice.
I have looked upon its breath,
Glowing Amethyst, red and purple,
Climbing towards the stratosphere
To deposit its venom downwind.
I have waited in fear as my gums began to bleed
And my hair came out in clumps.
I breathed a prayer of thanks
As I began to heal.
After fifty years, our ranks are thin,
We who have seen the Dragon and survived.
Those who have died or are sickened still,
Their numbers are legion.
All we can hope for, work for, pray for,
Is that no madman will ever be allowed
To unleash the Dragon again.
For its legacy to all is death, disease and decay.
© Stephen M. Osborn
2 November 2006