Saturday, August 9, 2008

Baby The Last Time (For Now)

63 years ago we hit Nagasaki with a Plutonium bomb killing 39,000 people outright. That was the second, and for now, last time a nuclear bomb was dropped in anger.

I actually have a sort of direct connection to Fat Boy, the bomb dropped on Nagasaki. My father, who was an aircraft engineer, worked on the design of the tail of the bomb. He never talked about it, what I know my mother told me, because he considered nuclear weapons pure evil. This from a man who tried to join the army immediately after Pearl Harbor and was rejected because he was far more valuable designing aircraft like the P-51 Mustang.

I agree with dad nuclear weapons are pure evil. The one possibly good thing that came from Hiroshima and Nagasaki was that they were such horrible examples that no one has used nuclear weapons since then. Some nations, such as Argentina, Brazil and South Africa have even had the good sense to abandon advanced weapons programs. Meanwhile the U.S. plans to ‘modernize’ and in effect expand its nuclear arsenal. Given the arrogant stupidity of the people running this country now the possibility that they would resort to ‘tactical’ nuclear weapons is very real.

It's astounding, time is fleeting Madness takes its toll

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