In the past when fate took an unexpected turn, our forefathers used to say: everything is at the mercy of God. Without involving ourselves again in the argument about God, let us set out the evident truth of our time that everything is now at the mercy of the atom. And that applies to all mankind and all life on earth, whether the atom is used for military or peaceful purposes. We have been reminded about that from time to time by accidents in the United States, Britain and other countries. Another tragic reminder was provided by the accident at the Chernobyl atomic energy station, which suddenly entered our life—and not ours alone—and world politics.
For almost two weeks Chernobyl has been featured in newspapers and on the Vremia TV programme.1
KeywordsNuclear Plant Danger Zone Accident Site Radioactive Particle Chernobyl Disaster
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