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2013

Noam Chomsky: How Close the World Is to Nuclear War

Author, historian and political commentator Noam Chomsky. (photo: Ben Rusk/flickr)Author, historian and political commentator Noam Chomsky. (photo: Ben Rusk/flickr)

From Reader Supported News (RSN)

An Excerpt

By Noam Chomsky, Laray Polk, Seven Stories Press

19 April 13

 

 

A powerful excerpt from the new book, "Nuclear War and Environmental Catastrophe."

 

aray Polk: What immediate tensions do you perceive that could lead to nuclear war? How close are we?

 

Noam Chomsky: Actually, nuclear war has come unpleasantly close many times since 1945. There are literally dozens of occasions in which there was a significant threat of nuclear war. There was one time in 1962 when it was very close, and furthermore, it's not just the United States. India and Pakistan have come close to nuclear war several times, and the issues remain. Both India and Pakistan are expanding their nuclear arsenals with US support. There are serious possibilities involved with Iran - not Iranian nuclear weapons, but just attacking Iran - and other things can just go wrong. It's a very tense system, always has been. There are plenty of times when automated systems in the United States - and in Russia,it's probably worse - have warned of a nuclear attack which would set off an automatic response except that human intervention happened to take place in time, and sometimes in a matter of minutes. That's playing with fire. That's a low-probability event, but with low-probability events over a long period, the probability is not low.


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Fri

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Mar

2011

Timeline: How Japan's nuclear crisis unfolded

Japan's quake and tsunami sparked a major emergency at one of the country's nuclear power stations, amid meltdown fears
Japan's quake and tsunami sparked a major emergency at one of the country's nuclear power stations, amid meltdown fears

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tsunami resulting from magnitude 9.0 earthquake damages nuclear power plant in north-east Japan
  • The plants has suffered three explosions and two fires since the crisis began Friday March 11
  • IAEA says two workers are missing at the site and at least 20 have fallen ill due to possible radiation contamination

A timeline through March 17, 2011:  Click Here to see the article

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