Sixty eight years ago today Hiroshima was destroyed by an atomic bomb. The very same day, Truman announced its use on radio to the American people. Prior to that time knowledge of its development had been a secret.
"Some of the Los Alamos scientists had circulated a petition asking President Truman to give Japan a warning and a chance to surrender before using the bomb. Some signed, some didn't, but the project remained a secret until the end."
"The evil in human nature which fed the flames of persecution and oppression in the past, far from being banished ,................... is present everywhere........ no nation is immune. This is not a malady which comes like an epidemic of physical sickness and which we do not know how to avoid. If we are afflicted with it, we have willed it so, if only by default. What it would do to us is not in doubt. We have recalled what it did in Hitler’s Germany; we have seen it at work in Communism; we must learn to recognize it in our own society before it is too late."
Quote from "The Urge to Persecute" by A Powell Davies.
Instead of writing he or she or he/she, and for the sake of simplicity, I'm going to use he or him. That does not indicate my position on equality, since I believe the sexes are potentially equal. It's just makes for easier writing, and anyway, "he" is shorter than "she"!
I don't understand how any human being can be so arrogant as to state categorically when a life begins. Whether it's when the ovum is fertilized, or when it's a fetus at 4 weeks, 8 weeks, or 20 weeks etc. Who knows? Nobody knows. It's like arguing about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. People have opinions, and they may all be wrong. Or they may all be right. I don't understand how any person can be so sure he is right, not only for himself but also for everyone else, that he feels justified in imposing his point of view on others. I don't understand how anyone, without standing in another person's shoes and understanding that person's intellect, emotions and value systems, can have the impudence to tell her what is right for her. I do not understand a politician feeling justified in standing between a patient and her doctor making a difficult decision. I do not understand a politician feeling justified in standing between a patient and her religious or spiritual advisor making a difficult personal decision of conscience. I do not understand any person feeling he has the right to make medical choices and decisions of conscience for any other person. I just don't understand.