On August 6th, 1945, the United States shocked and roiled the world when it dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, a city of 410,000 persons. Up to 80,000 residents died instantly and the bodies of adults and children littered the streets. Another 60,000 died from radiation sickness, a painful and horrifying way to die. The United States dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Today about 126,000 people from both cities are still alive and will never recover from the emotional damage they suffered.
The world reacted with stunned grief and was dismayed at the amount of destructive power that was unleashed. The atomic strikes in Japan granted the world a terrifying vision of the apocalyptic horror that nuclear warfare can inflict, and a long shadow of fear has been cast over the last seven decades.
The Ukraine, with NATO’s support has held fast against Russia’s aggression, thanks in large part to President Biden’s international leadership. Because of this Russia is either stalemated or slowly losing. With this invasion, Putin has placed himself on a list with history’s worst war makers and Putin really doesn’t want to admit failure, but the use of a nuclear weapon would be a stark sign of desperation and weakness.
The world would change after the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine. A nuclear strike on Ukraine would shake the very foundations of the global nuclear order and may very well encourage other rouge governments to use them as well. Russian national security would be damaged. So would the national security of every other state. NATO would be forced into some unfathomable position.
Remember the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers? Remember the shock, helplessness, grief and anger you felt upon watching the planes crash into the buildings, and then the ultimate collapse of the structures?
A nuclear strike on Ukraine would be the end of the world as we know it now. NATO would go to full world-wide alert, putting all allied nuclear forces on full readiness mode. Economies would falter and troops would be rushed into the surrounding countries, while the world would have to wait and pray that Putin would take a step back from the destruction he unleashed.
Regardless of what the aftermath would be for the whole world, Russia would be vaulted to the top of the list for war criminals and Putin will have done for Russia what Hitler did for Germany.