posted on Apr, 22 2014 @ 04:56 AM
a reply to: mrwiffler
Willing amoral nerds did not give us nuclear weapons, and it was not nerds who came up with the idea for cluster bombs. Nerds facing the most
devastating global war ever seen on Earth, and under pressure from allied governments, gave us the nuclear bomb, and would not have weaponised the
science they were so fond of under any other circumstance. Far from being amoral, the people who developed the theory and indeed some of the
engineering that went into the first operational nuclear weapons, were so upset by the results of their labours, that they in fact spent the rest of
their time in the lime light bashing the entire enterprise.
You forget, that the people who helped create that weapon, and more specifically those figures without whom it would not have been possible, and by
that I am talking of Einstein, Oppenheimer, Bhors, and so on... these people did not take the detonation at Hiroshima, or Nagasaki well at all. You
have to remember that Einstein wrote to Roosevelt to inform him of Nazi plans to enrich uranium in 1939. When they created the Manhattan Project, and
assembled the scientific supergroup which did the legwork for the project, they were doing so on the express understanding, that if they did not do
it, if they did not create the bomb, then the enemies of the free world would, and use them to totally subjugate the world, at which point the Nazis
would be able to enact their murderous policies all across the globe, and would be unstoppable.
Context is important, and in this case the historical context means that you cannot judge these people to be amoral nerds, based on the results of
their actions, only on their intent at the time of their actions. They had little choice but to create the atom bomb, and in the same position, I
would do the same damned thing. I think it is a little short sighted to generalise in the way that you have, because out of context, all actions which
result in a negative outcome for someone, could be considered to be the work of an amoral character. It is not always the case though, and I think it
is important to recognise that.