"In the Soviet Union
The scientist is blinded
By the resumption of nuclear testing
And he is reminded
That Doctor Robert
At the first hurdle..."
Billy Bragg - Waiting For The great Leap Forward
The first Atomic bomb was tested in the Nevada desert
The test was called "Trinity"
But the scientists referred to it as "The first hurdle"
When Oppenheimer saw the Trinity test he muttered a phrase from an ancient Hindu poem written in Sanskrit
Translated it means:
"Now I have become Death, the destroyer of worlds"
General Marshall standing next to him said simply:
"...well; we are all sons of bitches now"
Oppenheimer went to Washington to argue restraint and to not actually use the weapon he had helped develop
He was branded a coward and possible communist, and the bomb was dropped anyway
Interesting phenomenon; the shock wave from a nuclear blast travels faster than the speed of sound.
Survivors of Hiroshima report being knocked unconscious, without ever hearing a sound
It is known as the noiseless flash
I got this from a book I have that was written by an American living in Hiroshima at the time who survived the bombing
He was a missionary
Right or wrong
We still argue the merits of this act to this day
And that's OK
But for me there is nothing left to do but look back and reflect on the thousands of people who disappeared in a flash that lasted less than 1/1000 of a second.
They left no trace, left nothing behind but their shadows on the ground