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“There was no way the military was going to spend two billion dollars and have nothing to show for it, and so Oppenheimer’s bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki were there to justify a budget as well as to fight a war. They were dropped for scientific reasons too: Even the Department of Energy’s own handbook of nuclear tests lists those two explosions as tests. To call such an act a test clarifies how far the mindset of scientific control had warped the vision of those who would call all future bomb explosions tests, no matter what their effect on the world around them.”

– Rebecca Solnit, Savage Dreams


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