“Mr. President, the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke.”
Sarah Palin, American political celebrity, March 2014
Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaugherhouse Five considers time travel, Tralfamadorians, and the 1945 firebombing of Dresden, Germany, which slaughtered tens of thousands of civilians. Vonnegut was there as a POW. He saw the aftermath of the bombing, an episode that might be said to have altered his comic perspective. Here he reads an excerpt from the book.
Useful weapons can be complicated to operate. That’s why it’s so helpful that fine illustrators from around the world show us how to use our machines properly.
“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”
Shepherd Fairey’s tender evocation of the loving patriotic family. Cherish your bombs, for one day they must go out into the world.
The conversations between former President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger remain an enlightening testament to the civilized world. The following is a passage from Daniel Ellsberg’s A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers (2002):
NIXON: I still think we ought to take the North Vietnamese dikes out now. Will that drown people?
KISSINGER: About 200,000 people.
NIXON: No, no, no, I’d rather use the nuclear bomb. Have you got that, Henry?
KISSINGER: That, I think, would just be too much.
NIXON: The nuclear bomb, does that bother you?….I just want you to think big, Henry, for Chrissakes.”
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The butterfly bomb of WW2 may have been man’s first working cluster bomb. Dozens of the submunitions could be released from a single container to attack civilian and military targets. And like modern cluster bombs, if they failed to detonate, our top technicians designed them to injure and kill anyone who happened to touch them. Yes, it’s quite touching how man embraces natural forms.
Before pitching its glorious sensor-fuzed cluster bombs, Textron treats its customer to the sweet sounds and images of conquest.
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November 2012. Syria. 20 children play in a field. Bombs are dropped. Eleven die. The crime the children committed? The Syrian government does not say. (Human Rights Watch)
From our gallery of ongoing YouTube INFILTRATIONS. Ellen’s show is an obvious setting for considering nuclear weapons.