Atom bomb was a crime against all

Irish Examiner - - Opinion -

If a North Korean mis­sile causes ra­di­a­tion fall­out in the Pa­cific (or any­where on the planet) isn’t that a crime against all of us, all hu­man­ity?

But, then, the first det­o­na­tion of a nu­clear weapon was a crime con­ducted by the United States Army at 5:29am on July 16, 1945, with the bless­ing of the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship.

Many sci­en­tists — in­clud­ing those in­volved in the cre­ation of the atom bomb — did not sup­port it, know­ing the de­struc­tion it could cause. In 1955, Al­bert Ein­stein and Ber­trand Rus­sell signed a man­i­festo, high­light­ing the dan­ger posed by nu­clear weapons.

Three years later, Li­nus Paul­ing pre­sented the United Na­tions with a pe­ti­tion, signed by more than 11,000 sci­en­tists, calling for an end to nu­clear-weapon test­ing. Ali­son Hack­ett

Dun Laoghaire Co Dublin

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