THE ATOMIC BOMB
To the Editor I am only a woman, and not usually squeamish, but it is with a growing sense of horror that I read of this dreadful thing called the atomic bomb. I hold no brief for. the Japanese or any war-seeking nation, but nothing our enemies have done warrants this. What has happened to the "old school tie" and British sense of fair play? Our American Allies have not the British reticence and therefore have reacted more quickly, and they have not failed to show their feelings. President Truman does not like the American reaction of gloom, terror, and horror he sees on the faces of normal, everyday people all around him. They don't want peace by the powers of evil and he is being swiftly made to understand it. What hope have we for the future? The world gen erally seeks peace, not wholesale destruction. We would never have had the glory of Dunkirk if this horror had existed then. Even the dying in prison camps had. hope of some sort, but what can anyone expect in the future with Hades let loose on earth? Japan is an island or islands and thereby, without this power, ultimately is doomed, but it seems terrible that English-speaking nations, supposedly humane and civilised, should launch this dastardly boomerang (for it will prove that) which splits the atom and blasts the soul. Its powers of diabolic evil cannot possibly be outweighed by its force for good. Better had the originator of the idea been blown to smithereens with his own devilish implement, or cast into the depths of the sea. LIFE WITHOUT HOPE.
The news has brought Enstein and his theory of relativity into the limelight. The Daily Herald's (or was it the Express'?) heading when the theory was first released to a wondering world, was "Light Caught Bending," which is still, I believe looked on in Fleet Street as the "best ever." Then there was a limerick, which seems to sum up the average man's ideas on the subject: "There was a young lady named Bright, who could travel much faster than light; she started one day, in the 'relative' way, and came back the previous night." Japan's fate would seem a similarly rapid affair, when applied to our peace-time activities. "Relatively," he will not know if we are "coming or going." I am still dazed about the whole business. The "mighty atom" seems correct! J.W.W.
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CORRESPONDENTS' VIEWS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945
CORRESPONDENTS' VIEWS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945
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