CHARBONNEAU – The Bomb is back, big time

AS I WATCHED THE BOMB (Netflix), I couldn’t help but think of a line from Leonard Cohen: “I’m guided by the beauty of our weapons/First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin.” The beautiful mushroom-shaped clouds made by atomic bombs belie the total annihilation they foreshadow.

The threat of nuclear war never went away but awareness of it is making a comeback through novels, television and movies – even a study on B.C. wildfires.

There’s a lot of competition for existential threats. We are reminded often of the threat of climate change, so much that atomic bombs seem so yesterday.


David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at

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