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Japan Nuclear Crisis – Haven’t we learned our lessons yet?

Sometimes it seems as though we… or more accurately, influential people in positions of power never really learn from their mistakes. History is littered with costly mistakes made by some dictator or head of state; decisions that caused humongous loss of life and human suffering. The crisis currently unfolding in Japan is getting worse every day. Finally Switzerland and some other countries have woken up and suspended their ongoing nuclear projects. Still, there are others like Turkey who are refusing to stop their nuclear programs despite the stark situation in Japan today. What are we waiting for? Another Hiroshima??? When it is clearly known that nuclear energy production poses such life-threatening risks to all of humanity, why even invest in it? I just do not get it. How can it be worth risking a global catastrophe for a false sense of security against warring nations? Maybe I don’t understand the supposed advantages of nuclear power. But surely we should be able to do wonders with the various alternative energy sources like Solar, Wind, Geothermal etc. that are already out there! Why do we need nuclear energy as well, if not for developing bombs as a precautionary measure against other countries? Curse Robert Oppenheimer for creating the damn thing in the first place! Before the whole world collapses into an abyss of hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and finally nuclear winter, I hope our leaders have enough sense to ban nuclear power for good.