Nuclear Weapons Are Wicked

Atoms for Peace

Was an address by Mr. Dwight D. Eisenhower,
President of the United States of America,
to the 470th Plenary Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly
Tuesday, 8 December 1953, 2:45 p.m. In it he noted the contrast between the deep horror of nuclear weaponry and the immense benefits of nuclear power possible for civilians.

Sodom and Gomorrah … or
Dresden and Nagasaki ?

In Genesis, the tale is told of the wickedness of two cities of the plain. The inhabitants are so depraved that they demand of Abraham's kinsman Lot that he yield up his two male guests, ("Angels" they are called in the KJV translation,) to be anally raped by a mob. Lot refuses, offering his virgin daughters instead; the mob refuses. The guests escape, and Lot's daughters escape a vile fate.

When the Lord God hears of the wickedness of the Sodomites, He informs the patriarch Abraham that He will destroy both cities. Abraham, thinking of his kinsman, whom he apparently considers a just man
bargains with the Lord for the conditions under which a city might be spared.
The Lord God accedes to the proposition that if at least ten just men be present in a city, God's wrath will be averted. He will spare a city from destruction if it contains ten just men. Evidently, when Lot fled the city, it contained fewer than the quota of just men.

But when the righteous side in modern warfare bombs Berlin, Hamburg, Dresden, or a Vietnamese village, this criterion is ignored. Dresden was hardly a place of military significance. Israelis ignore it too, when they bomb Beirut or Damascus.
But the worst instances were the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which were blasted by one explosion each, from a hellish reaction instantaneously hotter than the core of the Sun. That's what a nuclear weapon is, and those instances were mere prototypes.


The destruction of the city of Nagasaki by the allies, only three days after destroying Hiroshima, should be classed as an act even more wicked than dropping the first of these bombs. Japan was already crippled, and knew the level of destruction that the USA could wreak so easily. Could any defeated Western country capitulate in so short a time?
This second bomb used a remarkably small quantity — about 14 lbs. — of 239Pu. A clever arrangement of chemical explosives compressed the plutonium into an astonishingly dense sphere, which then ignited the hellish, cataclysmic fission of a small proportion of itself in the first microsecond.

Liberals are viscerally aware of this wickedness, and even the atheists among us probably fear that "God will get you for that."
But don't you suppose that the Cold War was exactly how that happened already? The nuclear arsenal of the USA "keeps the peace" with the threat of indiscriminate destruction of the cities of any country that dares to threaten us.

Our liberals are quite naturally and properly ashamed of this, but they have not pressed to abolish that arsenal!
Instead, they oppose nuclear power, because it produces plutonium.
This seems to me little better than superstition.

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