Friday, December 10, 2010

Was Sam Cohen Behind the Most Immoral Weapon of All Time?

He was dumbstruck. As a young scientist with a degree in physics, Sam Cohen stood in the Nevada desert in 1945 and watched the fireworks as one of the world’s first nuclear bombs was tested. The earth shook with an almighty bang and the sky erupted.

A mushroom cloud billowed out above the top-secret site in the middle of nowhere. ‘Awesome,’ was all he, as a junior worker on the famed Manhattan Project, could mouth. The supremely destructive device would be used twice on Japan, with brute power and terror, to bring a swift end to World War II.

And in the years that followed, Cohen would become the architect of what many would see as an even more monstrous weapon.'


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