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Bunker is chilling reminder of madness of nuclear warfare

Editor's Viewpoint

Published 02/02/2016

The Ballymena bunker, a Noah's Ark for the nuclear age, is a reminder of the Cold War era when, as the song put it, we always seemed to be on the eve of destruction. Designed to hold a couple of hundred VIPs in the province in the event of a nuclear holocaust it is now for sale with suggestions that it could make a museum.

Certainly the idea that mankind's very existence depended on such blast proof underground chambers is a chilling warning of the sheer madness of nuclear warfare. How could anyone ever countenance unleashing weapons which would turn our world into a sterile desert, wiping out civilisation?

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