Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Gadget - July 16, 1945

Sixty-six years ago today in the Jornada del Muerto Desert basin of New Mexico the first atomic bomb, code named "The Gadget", was detonated marking the beginning of the Atomic Age. In a flash of blinding light the genie had been let out of the bottle! Just weeks later atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. More bombs were being readied to be used if Japan didn't immediately capitulate. The afternoon of August 15, 1945 Japan announced its surrender.

It is a measure of arrogance to assert that a nuclear weapons-free world is impossible when 95% of the nations of the world are already nuclear-free. I think that the vast majority of people on the face of this earth will endorse the proposition that nuclear weapons have no place among us. There is no security in nuclear weapons. It is a fool’s game.”
~General Lee Butler, head of US Strategic Nuclear Forces 1991-1994

"...for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword."
~Jesus the Christ (Matthew 26:52)

Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)


coloradomama said...

Can you imagine what kind of country, what kind of WORLD it would be, if all of our intelligence, innovation and hard work (not to mention tax revenue) was applied to something else besides war?

Hippie Christian said...