WHEN GHOSTS WILL DIE
facts on nuclear arms
Currently, five countries are "recognized nuclear weapons states," meaning they have "manufactured and exploded a nuclear weapon or other nuclear explosive device prior to 1 January 1967" ("Non-Proliferation Treaty," Article IX, Section 3). The UK, China, and France have the smallest arsenal of 200, 300 and 500, respectively ; Russia and the US, the largest with 6,094 and 7,295, respectively. Seven other countries-- India, Israel, and Pakistan, Korea, Iran, Iraq, and Libya--are believed to possess nuclear weapons or the components for creating them. In all, the number of known nuclear weapons amounts to 14,389. Only two nuclear weapons were used in the bombing of Japanese cities and possessed only a 1/100th of the power of bombs available today.Thus, the message performers and audience members are left with after experiencing "When Ghosts Will Die" is that despite the horrors that technology and science have wrought in the proliferation of nuclear weapons, art and technology can and should be utilized in ways that raise awareness for the purpose of reducing or eliminating those horrors, as well as other horrors for which they may have been responsible.