“Having found the atomic bomb, we have used it. It is an awful responsibility which has come to us. We thank God that it has come to us instead of to our enemies, and we pray that He may guide us to use it in His ways and for His purposes.”
U.S. President Harry Truman, 1946
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.
“If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation…want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters…. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
Frederick Douglass, 1857
Before World War One, German artist Kathe Kollwitz produced artwork showing terrible poverty and boiling social tensions. She had already mastered a mother’s expression of grief over a dead child. During the War, her own son died. Her lithographs and woodcuts afterwards, showing the effects of war, were simpler than past work – more essential. Their intensity is overwhelming.
The haunting love poem to the bomb, Dr. Strangelove, also boasts one of history’s greatest film trailers.
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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August 2013. A group of Laotian boys come across a metal ball, toss it around & then try to cut it open. Explosion. The boys are struck by the shards of jagged steel from the cluster bomblet. A boy named Khe is dead. Two younger friends seriously wounded.
From our gallery of ongoing YouTube INFILTRATIONS. Korean pop star Psy allows us a visual backdrop to consider depleted uranium & Iraqi children.