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I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds


I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds

"We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed. A few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture the Bhagavad Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the prince that he should do his duty, and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form, and says, "Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds... I suppose we all thought that, one way or another."

- Robert Oppenheimer, the "Father of the Atomic Bomb"

The dropping of the first and second bombs Little Boy and Fat Man on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki changed the world. Not only did it force the Japanese to surrender, thus ending the second World War, it brought with it the fear of the cold war and a new means by which nations could destroy each other.

No longer would nations have to send thousands of boys and men to fight and bleed and die on some distant field; it could all be ended with the press of a button. Indeed, the threat of mutually assured destruction has put a stop on most major conflicts on a global scale such that we have never seen a World War since.

In fact, it was Einstein himself who said "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought. but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

The world changed with the sudden radiance of a thousand suns bursting in the sky.

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