There was a time when I innocently would have agreed with the perspective that you provide in the below statement.
Though I try to keep an open mind on conspiracy theories about it (and about TMI), the idea that someone would tank a nuclear reactor to attempt to further some goal, committing suicide in the process, is a stretch compared to it being the result of lax oversight, lax training, and indifference.
That was before a lot of life experiences that taught me that suicide is not rare, that people will commit all kinds of horrible acts for the love of money, and that a string of dependent coincidences is a better indication of malice than accident.
It is virtually impossible to design an energy production system that is completely fool proof, but the physical consequences of the event at Chernobyl were far less than what has been portrayed by many sources. A substantial portion of the first responder casualities could have been avoided by simple application of time, distance and shielding if it were not for the fact that decision makers have been taught that radiation is so dangerous that it is worth sacrificing some lives to halt a fire that is spreading diluted contamination over a large area.
The evacuation was a reasonable response, the permanent relocation was not. Have you read stories of the stubborn babushkas that either refused to leave their homes or violated the law in order to return to live where they were born?
The first responder deaths, the repetitive images broadcast by commercial media, and the continued portrayal of the areas of forced reloaction as uninhabitable are more attributable to propaganda than to real hazard from even complete disregard of operating procedures and violation of basic rules about not overriding safety systems.
Just because 9-11 showed that it is possible to use commercial aircraft as weapons of mass destruction, does that mean we should halt commercial aviation?
Rod Adams, Publisher, Atomic Insights