Cold War is fading into distant memory, but new concerns like dirty
bombs, nuclear proliferation, and terrorism continue to mount.
Amid that backdrop, the documentary Countdown
to Zero will
be released this Friday and offers a new battle-cry to the nuclear
disarmament.The movie is based on the Global
Zero campaign, which launched in 2008, calling for complete
worldwide nuclear disarmament. The campaign, initiated by
the World Security Institute, is the culmination of decades of calls
for nuclear arms reductions."Countdown to Zero" may
be a keystone of this new campaign, but it follows in a long line of
successful anti-nuclear flicks. Among the many fictional films
that dealt with the topic include Godzilla (1954), Dr.
Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the
of the Apes (1963), Damnation
Alley (1977), When
the Wind Blows (animated,
films, 1984, 1991, 2003, 2009), and Grave
of Fireflies (animated,
1988). Among the nonfiction films to tackle the
topic include The
War Game (1965), If
You Love This Planet (1982), Deadly
Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons and Our
"On The Brink" (1997), Nuclear
Related Activities in Burma (2010).Despite
this slew of films, it's commonly thought that the public in
nuclear-armed nations/confederations such as the United States and
European Union has grown apathetic to the cause of arms
reductions. The new film, directed by Lucy Walker,
aims to drive home that we should still be worried, showcasing
hundred interviews on camera (and many more off), with physicists,
writers, nuclear weapons experts (which include former CIA officers
Valerie Plame Wilson and Rolf Mowatt-Larssen) and top world leaders
(including Tony Blair, Mikhail Gorbachev and Pervez
Musharraf).Among its most compelling interviews, though, is
with a potential terrorism supplier, Oleg Khinsagov, a Russian
smuggler who was arrested in Georgia for allegedly attempting to
deliver highly enriched uranium to a man believed to be affiliated
with a terrorist group. Walker argues that in a volatile
geopolitical climate, the only solution is to have no nuclear
weapons. She states, "No matter what you used to think,
the only stable solution today is zero."Walker's film is
the second major U.S. documentary this year to support nuclear
disarmament. Back in April the documentary Nuclear
Tipping Point was
released. This documentary was perhaps even more convincing
in that it featured four key nuclear arms supporters who have since
recanted their views --former Secretaries of State Henry A. Kissinger
and George P. Shultz, former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry
and former Senator Sam Nunn. The men first came together when
they wrote a 2007 op-ed in The
Wall Street Journal,
entitled "A World Free of Nuclear Weapons".Lawrence
Bender, one of the producers of Al
Gore's global warming documentary The
Inconvenient Truth, produced
the film. An
Inconvenient Truth achieved
both mass commercial appeal and won an Academy Award; Bender
envisions similar critical and commercial success for the new
picture.The movement enjoys the support of U.S. President
Barack Obama. Despite being an ardent supporter of increased
U.S. use of nuclear energy, President Obama has also vocally
supported nuclear arms reductions. In an April
2009 speech in Europe before the Czech Republic, President
Obama proclaimed, "So today, I state clearly and with conviction
America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world
without nuclear weapons. This goal will not be reached quickly -
perhaps not in my lifetime. It will take patience and persistence.
But now we, too, must ignore the voices who tell us that the world
cannot change."Ultimately if the U.S. and others succeed
in developing reliable, affordable laser
defense/missile shield technologies, the issue of nuclear
missiles may become a moot point (though dirty bombs/ground based
bombs remain a concern). For that reason it seems
to Zero will
see its vision achieved, at least in the long run -- the U.S. will
have to adjust to global politics without the aid of its nuclear
arsenal -- be it sooner or later.A trailer of the film can be
quote: I know we're supposed to be the bigger person, but other countries don't necessarily play in the same moral playground.
quote: The movement enjoys the support of U.S. President Barack Obama. Despite being an ardent supporter of increased U.S. use of nuclear energy, President Obama has also vocally supported nuclear arms reductions.
quote: but I could see the world getting down under 1000 per nation.
quote: Swords into plowshares
quote: Or just unleash them in the atmosphere. The blast itself won't kill the people but the sudden loss of atmosphere and nuclear radiation will cause some shit to hit the fan.
quote: Umm no.
quote: You can't go 250 miles into the air unless you want to do it in space
quote: and at which point you aren't going to affect the earth.
quote: There has never been a nuclear blast detonated in the thermosphere.
quote: Where the hell are you getting this psuedo-science?
quote: It isn't a rock, but I don't know everything there is. It happens.
quote: The documentary "Countdown to Zero", produced by one of the top producers of "An Inconvenient Truth" airs Friday.
quote: Ground level or slightly underground is supposed to be the worst for nuclear fallout in the surrounding area, as the soil gets irradiated and flung all over the place.
quote: Alan RobockParticipant in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change , which was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, 2007
quote: I hate to break it to you but he doesn't pass science's requirements.
quote: The US Defense industry researched and found out that as few 150 would cause the world to go into Nuclear Winter and basically wipe out the human race as a result.
quote: Some people like to think that humans are more enlightened and saintly than they actually are, they obviously haven't taken a good look in the mirror lately.
quote: Only reason Japan attacked us was because we placed an embargo on their oil supply.
quote: Peace is won through superior firepower, not diplomacy. that's the way of the human race.