On our trip to New Mexico. last week, we visited Los Alamos, where the Manhattan Project was headquartered.
‘Los Alamos is a town in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States that is recognized as the birthplace of the first atomic bomb-the primary objective of the Manhattan Project by Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II. Wikipedia
Mary Jane and I, and a very young Aaron and Jonathon, had visited Los Alamos over thirty years ago, with Uncle Merle and Aunt Loretta…Jonathon cried the entire way to Los Alamos from El Paso, Texas…due to being in a car seat.
It was interesting to return to the birthplace of the Atomic Bomb and notice what a lovely community Los Alamos is. As we toured the Bradbury Science Museum, I noticed many of the same exhibits that I had seen many years ago.
The exhibits and films focused on the history of Los Alamos and Robert Oppenheimer and Albert Einstein’s, letter of warning, to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Also, the exhibits illustrated the mission of the the Los Alamos Laboratories to ensure that the current nuclear arsenal is kept safe and up to date and ready…should it be needed…and that the purpose of the tremendous amount of nuclear bombs…was to create a deterrent that no country would dare ‘throw the dice’ to challenge.
‘Julius Robert Oppenheimer was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkley.’ Wikipedia
After the dropping of ‘Fat Man’ and ‘Little Boy’ on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki…Dr. Oppenheimer quoted from the Bhagavad Gita: ‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’
I watched a thought provoking documentary on Netflix, last evening. It was entitled The Bomb.
The program began by showing several countries militaries…marching in lock step and in a very similar fashion to their enemies.
”The Bomb places the viewer in the middle of the story of nuclear weapons – the most dangerous machines ever built – from the Trinity Test in 1945 to the current state of nuclear weapons in 2016. It will explore the culture surrounding nuclear weapons, the fascination that they inspire and the perverse appeal they still exert. It will convey the impossibility of controlling this technology. The Bomb is about the immense power of nuclear weapons, their dark allure and ingenious technology. The computer systems invented to control them, the missiles and bombers built to carry them, the practice of denial and secrecy that perpetuates them, the societal and cultural influences of them, and the profound death wish at the very heart of them.’ Rotten Tomatoes Movie Info.
‘North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. [Kim Jong Un] has been very threatening beyond a normal state and as I said, they will be met with fire and fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.’ President Donald J. Trump
I have often heard the rationale that, ‘we must strike them…before they strike us’ has it not occurred to the powerful of the world…that to strike them…is to strike us as well?
When we cheapen human life to the extent that we love our powerful nuclear bombs and what they can do to our enemies…we have lost sight of the fact that our enemies have more similarities to us…than differences…and to obliterate them is to obliterate us…we are all one human family!
Leaders are often governed by their damaged psyche. Their need to constantly prove their narcissistic worth…at the expense of those that they lead…is frightening.
‘And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
And there went out another horse [that was] red: and [power] was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
And he opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
And I heard a voice in the midst of the beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and [see] thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
And I looked and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger. and with death. and with the beasts of the earth.
And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservwnts also and their brethren, that should be killed as they [were], should be fulfilled.
And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?’
Revelation Chapter Six KJV
Today, August 9, 2016…is the 72nd Anniversary of the bombing of the Japanese city of Nagasaki.
‘The Bomb…nicknamed…Fat Man…was dropped at 11:02 A:M:. The explosion unleashed the explosive force of 22,000 Tons of TNT.
‘It is estimated that 60 – 80 thousand people were killed. Exact figures are impossible, the blast having obliterated bodies and disintegrated records.’ This Day in History.
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