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06 August 2010

65 Years Ago Today...

Hiroshima
The Enola Gay dropped the bomb (Little Boy) on Hiroshima. We haven't used it against an enemy ever since...oh wait, actually we did. Three days after dropping "Little Boy" on Hiroshima, "Fat Man" was dropped on Nagasaki. Now that I think of it, nuclear weapons have also been used but in a passive way against rival nations. "We will nuke you if you nuke us" kind of deterrence has been going on since the first two nations (U.S. and Russia) had the bomb.
Fat Man and Little Boy
Despite it's horrific nature (as seen in Hiroshima and Nagasaki) proliferation was the name of the game. There has been efforts to reduce the number of nukes since we humans first began producing them but there are still many out there. And not only are there many, but they are of greater power. We have yet to see the destructive force of millions of tons (Megatons) of TNT on a densely populated city. Little Boy and Fat Man were only around 18 kilotons.

So many nukes, so little time.

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