War Crime or War Winner? The Truth about the Bomb

Originally posted on materialism, mysticism and art:

From Murray Sayle, ‘War crime or war winner? The Truth about the Bomb,’ The Sydney Morning Herald, 15.07.95

…the head of the Manhattan Project, Major-General Leslie Groves, a determined military man feeling responsible for spending $2 billion on the bomb and worried that the war might end first, at that point was pushing strenuously for its immediate use. When Leo Szilard, who had drafted Albert Einstein’s letter to President Roosevelt warning of a German bomb six years earlier, drew up a scientists’ petition opposing the use of the atom bomb against Japanese cities, Groves had the petition classified top secret, thus restricting its impact to a tiny circle….Szilard’s petition got as far as Groves’s office, where it stayed. …

What did the first atom bombs achieve? Well, it will be instantly answered, they ended the war, didn’t they, and so saved many lives – the estimates vary from 50,000…

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One response to “War Crime or War Winner? The Truth about the Bomb

  1. Hello Moshe, You’ve certainly put a powerful photo with Murray Sayle’s article.
    Thanks for your like and comment on my final post in my series on the Man of Reason. Best wishes, Phil

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