(The Japan Times) In the nervous aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, people worldwide spent decades on alert for a nuclear war that would wipe out billions in a radioactive firestorm and render Earth uninhabitable.
Yet the apocalypse never came.
Instead an unprecedented period of peace took hold between nuclear-armed global powers aware that a wrong move could wipe out the human race.
Nuclear weapons are seen in Moscow as “ultimate proof that Russia is a great power” despite its struggling economy and poor international image, said Pavel Baev, a Russian military expert at the Peace Research Institute Oslo.
He warned that Putin and his top brass have not “gone to the school of nuclear deterrence” and do not understand the “extraordinarily dangerous game” they are playing.
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