Speaking in the abstract is the most common way to end up with abstract thought.
Sometimes I am greatly confused how people who have absolutely no experience with some matter expound feverishly on the issue, displaying both intensity and ignorance.
That’s the way I feel about a ballistic missile.
As we deal with the many hot spots of controversy and conflict in our world, there are those wearing three-piece suits, ties, with freshly trimmed hair, sitting in Washington, D.C., who postulate on the need to aggressively launch air strikes against other nations to keep them from doing things which we have found unfavorable.
One day I found myself at a rally in Mobile Bay, at the coming-out party for a new battleship. I was not able to get on the ship since I didn’t have a pass, but stood about fifty yards from the vessel, as a dummy load of explosives was shot off into the air.
Once again, I was far away from the source of the explosion but the volume of that sound rattled my chest, giving me heart palpitations and leaving me unstable on my feet for the next half-hour.
It was terrifying.
So every time anybody mentions bombing, attacking or sending drone strikes to another country, I remember that sensation.
I often wonder how important it would have been for Harry Truman to have gone to New Mexico for the testing of the atomic bomb. Sitting in his office having it described to him made the decision to bomb Hiroshima too easy.
He had no idea exactly what he was doing. So when it came time to bomb Nagasaki, he rubber-stamped his decision and dropped a second annihilator.
It’s not so much that I question the wisdom of that move. Instead, I challenge the immaturity involved in making the decision.
If you’re going to pronounce death on a group of people, you should have an awareness of the power you’re unleashing.
I am tired of ignorant people talking about war like it’s a game of Stratego.
When a ballistic missile goes into the air, gravity brings it to earth–where it kills people who were once living.
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