Next! What will you have today, sir?
Well, I’d like the implosion special with a 400 kiloton yield, and an extra shot of tactical uranium, please.
Very good. And would you like to be fried with that?
So, this Aug. 6 is the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. How time flies when you’re having cold wars and hot proliferation parties! Seventy years. What to get as a gift? 25 years is silver and 50 years is golden, so would plutonium be appropriate for 70 years?
The question asked every year is, “Should we have dropped the bomb?”
When discussing past wars, people literally go to battle with each other.
The atomic bomb is of particular interest in our community, for reasons that escape me at the moment. The trouble with debating this issue is that for most people, it’s something they’ve only read about in a book.
Myself, I still think the Diadochi’s treatment of elephants in the Battle of Ipsus, 301 BC., was inexcusable. I’m still waiting for a formal apology from them!
World War II began in 1939, lasting six years with 113 countries participating or directly involved. Over 50 million people worldwide were killed.