In solemn commemoration of the 78th anniversary of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, when the first nuclear weapons were detonated, let us strengthen our resolve to never ever again use them.
As Einstein famously said, “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
The cost is too great and intolerable both to us and to future generations. The immediate blast radius from a nuclear detonation may extend for miles, the large-scale firestorms and fires for hundreds of miles, the nuclear fallout for thousands of square miles and, worse yet, for untold years and generations to come given the decades- or even centuries-long half-lives of radioactive isotopes.
These World War II bombs are child’s play compared to the cataclysmic power of modern nuclear weapons with the potential through retaliation to cover the entire planet in a blanket of radioactive fallout.
Given this risk, which is not likely to disappear anytime soon, especially given the recklessness of recent nuclear saber rattling and brinkmanship and the ever-present threat of a terrorist “dirty bomb”, we call on world governments to prioritize the development of nuclear countermeasures, specifically radioprotectors like nibrozetone (RRx-001) that may counteract the effects of exposure to radiation.
Once a distant possibility, a radioprotective countermeasure is potentially within our reach.
The time to act is now, right now, before it is too late.