Respect existence or expect resistance

I love this quote! The eerie graffiti is located on the west coast of Scotland, the location of the UK’s nuclear warheads. My sister currently lives in Scotland and recently had the opportunity to visit Faslane Peace Camp set up nearby by protesters.

 

I was reading this post by My Simple Life on her visit to Hiroshima and thought it would be silly if I didn’t offer a glimpse of my sisters brief day visit. Around the camp, trees hold posters with nails and cable ties, displaying the reasons why we should abandon our Nuclear Deterrent. The UK has four Vanguard-class submarines, one on patrol whilst the other three undergo maintenance and prepare for patrol. Each submarine can carry 16 Trident missiles, each missile carrying 8 nuclear warheads. Each warhead, eight times more powerful than the one dropped on Hiroshima. To think these warheads are located a three hour drive from where I type this is a little concerning. I’m out of range if something was to go wrong, right?

The Internet has slightly differing stats, although the message is still powerful

The Trident nuclear deterrent is in question here. Some say it is way too costly, operating Trident each year costs the UK roughly £2 billion. Some say it is pointless to run, if we were to be attacked by another nation, the deterrent clearly didn’t work and it would be too late to do anything. Of course, it is also seen as immoral, we have seen how deadly such an attack can be. At the peace camp, two Hiroshima survivors planted a tree that can be seen below.

Pretty powerful and I can certainly see the appeal of a world without nuclear bombs. If only it was that easy.

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