YOU would have thought it was obvious. Explode a nuclear bomb over a city, and the result will be a devastating firestorm which will wipe out life over a large area. That is, after all, what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
Fears that the UK's nuclear plants are vulnerable to a 9/11-style attack or accident are growing. Evidence is emerging that the no-fly zones around nuclear plants are regularly breached by both military and civilian aircraft. And a report for the UK parliament leaked to New Scientist says that such an attack might kill millions.
On Saturday, 1 May, 10 countries are joining the European Union, amid great fanfare. Their membership of this exclusive alliance will, they hope, bring prosperity and stability born out of economic, political and social integration with their neighbours.
What has received less attention is that they will also be joining the world's biggest nuclear club. For the EU is bound by a commitment to develop a "powerful nuclear industry" capable of providing the electricity required to raise the standard of living of its citizens.