When people think about the origin of nuclear weapons, they tend to quote Robert Oppenheimer, who quoted Hindu scripture after the Trinity test. "Now I am become Death," he said, "the destroyer of worlds."
I always thought test director Kenneth Bainbridge had it better. He turned to Oppenheimer and said: "Now we are all sons of bitches."
And we are. Until nuclear weapons are erased from the world, Bainbridge's observation will retain its accuracy. No person of right mind can countenance anything but a world free of them. But unfortunately we are a long way away from that.
If you are in the middle of Mexican stand-off, you do not just put your gun down on the floor. That's a quick way to get shot. Instead, you get everyone to slowly lower their guns together.
David Cameron's article this morning on renewing our nuclear deterrent managed to be simultaneously eloquent and brutal. The former qualities related to his arguments while the latter qualities related to his treatment of NickRead More »from How to renew Trident and still sleep at night