It is often said...If it hadn't been for the dropping of nuclear bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, then many Americans would have lost their lives in invading Japan. The dropping of the bombs forced the Japanese to capitulate. Japan capitulating meant that US troops didn't have to invade Japan and take on a hostile people and its armed forces. That is the perception propagated by the justifiers of the mass killing and maiming of civilians in the 2nd World War when atomic bombs were used to destroy hundreds of thousands of people and leave a legacy of death, and maimed people from radioactive caused illnesses. There is a counter argument, which says that the Japanese were going to capitulate anyway, and the bombs were dropped to show the rest of the world who was to be boss of world affairs for the foreseeable future. I don't know who is right, but what I can say...or do, is to point your nose to the following url: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanford_Site Now, I am not a doomsday merchant, though it may seem like it at times. I just like to report on reality the way that I see it, either as it is, or through my perceptions...difficult task...for a Sartre's Waiter...:-). Billions has been spent on containing the radioactive waste at the Hanford site, which was at one time an adjunct to the Manhattan Project, but to no avail, as much of it is leaching into the local river, and the specialists in the nuclear industry appear incapable of being able to patch it up. A by product of nuclear fission is that the waste has radioactive emissions which are harmful to all life for thousands of years after it is produced. They call it its half life. That is the legacy of producing nuclear energy, particularly the enriched stuff U235 or also Plutonium, though there are many other radioactive elements which also emit life harming radiation for a long time. Hanford is in Washington state, and there is a very active opposition there. Many citizens are worried about the river as it has been a source of food and fresh water in the past. The people of Hanford haven't been quiet and accepting of the situation, though you don't hear much of them in the mass media of the US or the world... See url: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safe_As_Mother%27s_Milk See url: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-nuclear_movement_in_the_United_States See url:https://nonukesnw.wordpress.com/hanford-rally/ It's not all about protest either, or militant extremist groups trying to cane the US government, bring it down, but people of different mixes trying to get together to solve or contain a problem which affects them all. See url: http://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1003 <http://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1003&context= phl_fac> &context=phl_fac So, 70 years after the end of World War 2...the effects of nuclear power and the production of nuclear bombs are still with us. One of these days, we might get round to producing stuff wot is good for the human environment and conducive to promoting diversity of life on the planet instead of trying to make it into a desert...but there again...nuclear irradiated pigs might fly...:-). ATB Dougie.