The Nevada Test Site has employed thousands of “Cold War Veterans” – military and civilian personnel alike, whose work, it can be argued, contributed greatly to the ending of the Cold War.
The Cold War is over now, but one could also argue that the world is still in great danger from the misuse of atomic weaponry. With every tool mankind has invented, often there comes the two-edged sword – a hatchet can chop wood for a fire, or it can be a very effective weapon of human destruction. Let us pray that in the future the power of the atom will only be used for peaceful purposes.
An exhibit at the Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas accentuating the peaceful uses of the atom is worth seeing:
“The ‘Atoms For Peace’ art exhibit was created by Erik Nitsche in the 1950’s and 1960’s. to depict his interpretation of nuclear energy uses. A historical perspective was added by four present-day humanities scholars. The views on the slogan, the artwork, and context are posted to engage you, the visitor, in a thought-provoking look at our nuclear past and present.”
The artwork exhibition runs through January 21st (Mon – Sat , 9-5, Sun 1-5) at the Atomic Testing Museum, 755 East Flamingo, Las Vegas (702-744-5155).
Related: “Fight against terrorism similar to anti-communist Cold War” from Cold War Veterans Blog