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Just before the [atomic] bombs were dropped, Truman (the US President) wrote in his diary (24.7.1945): It seems the most terrible thing ever discovered, but it can be made the most useful. De Groot, The Bomb
Between the explosions, the Russians declared war on Japan. Japan surrendered on 2 September 1945.
In October 1956 the Queen switched on Calder Hall, the world's first nuclear power station. The Queen stated that nuclear power was our answer to the energy crisis, but she omitted to say that we had also built Calder hall for the production of plutonium for use in atomic weapons.
April 1986. Explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in the Ukraine involved the largest short release from a single source of radioactive materials ever recorded. The contamination reached Finland and Scotland.
Britain has five nuclear-armed, nuclear-powered Trident submarines. Each submarine has 16 missiles carrying up to 48 nuclear warheads. Each warhead has a destructive power 7 times that of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. All our nuclear weapons are based at Faslane.
It wasn't inhuman to drop the bomb, if you believe in saving lives in the long run.
We have genuflected before the god of science, only to find that it has given us the atomic bomb, producing fears and anxieties that science can never mitigate
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