This has been making the rounds, but in case you haven't seen it I recommend it. It's a rather spooky look at a dead zone.
The part that really got to me was the talk of the glowing "magic trees" that were cut down and buried. I kinda thought that whole "glowing from radiation" was really just a fanciful idea made up by science fiction writers. I suppose not.
There was an HBO special about the Chernobyl meltdown a few years back. It was chilling and I'd like to watch it again. My memory of it is fading. The poor firemen that thought they were fighting a normal fire.
Yet, when you think about it, it had to be done and quickly and the ones who were to do it were guaranteed death no matter the protection provided. As morally foul as it was, perhaps leading them in unaware was the ruthlessly correct thing to do. If they knew, would it have been done? Not to say that Russian firemen lacked guts, but I'm sure the NYC Firemen that went into the WTC didn't think they were walking into guaranteed death.
I just don't know. We can rightly berate the operation and safety of Chernobyl. We can criticize a gazillion angles of this disaster. But the sending in of the fireman unaware of the danger seems like a "the good of the many outweighs the good of the few" principle. Though, I am willing to be swayed by convincing counter-arguments.