When many people talk of or think about the existing nuclear weapons, they are often focus on the potential direct damage only - on the direct threat.
Yes, direct damage from the existing nuclear arsenal (proudly possessed by a number of 'civilized' countries like US, Russia, Britain, Israel, China, France etc), would be enough to make the most common mental conceptions
of Apocalypse become a real-life experience. I think that anyone
can go no further than Hiroshima experience to get a taste of it (for the Americans this could be a doubly understandable and clear illustration), but
bearing in mind at that, that now the use of nuclear bombs most probably would
not be confined only to one bomb and only to one nation.
But talking about nuclear weapons one tends to rather frequently forget about the
HUGE indirect damage it makes even without any practical application
thereof. Example: 200 (approx) nukes in possession of Israel 1) make all
the 'high moral talks' about preventing Iran from having the same thing
just a piece of comedian farce 2) establish huge barriers in the way of
any Middle East piece efforts 3) push other nations strive to acquire
this. Huge geopolitical and ethical (those two in this context
The USA has nukes hundreds times more than it really needs to provide a
reasonable defensive potential: it too 1) undermines any efforts and
reputation of the US in terms of peace-making 2) also justifies and
provokes other governments to strive for nukes 3) consumes MONEY of the
Any nuclear weapons abiding in the possession of all nations put
together has consumed a HUGE amount of money and other resources
(incalculable directly in monetary terms) and taken it away from the
economic and technological development - money spent on a) development
of those weapons and b) keeping, storing, replacement, cherishing and
nourishing those weapons.
All of these are just part of the HUGE non-military damage that is done by nuclear weapons right now as I write these lines.
Added to that is a hardly calculable MORAL damage to everyone. I mean,
our children from the very cradle get accustomed to the idea that
nuclear weapons have just as normal a place in this world and in this
life, as their school, their work, their mum and dad. This is a
'self-reproducing' sociopsychological culture of 'normality' of nuclear
The list is far from complete, but I hope it can give a general notion
of 'how far nuclear weapons cause damage', including when 'peacefully
stored' in their containers...