Response to US to build "small" nukes

Great letter Shay.

Yes Kirsten, you're right, atomic bombs (A-Bombs) do work as you say (the famous Documentation and Diagrams of the Atomic Bomb by J.D. Dyson is an excellent read).

There's also Hydrogen bombs, H-bombs, which use the fusion of light elements to massively increase their destructive power. A funny and informative piece on them is How to make your own H-Bomb.

A-Bombs and (in particular) H-Bombs are usually what people mean by nuclear weapons (atomic usually just refers to A-bombs, though atomic/nuclear are often used interchangeably).

Quoting from the first link - Oppenheimer, on witnessing the first atomic explosion, was reminded of some words from the Bhagavad-gita - "I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds". Ken Bainbridge, the test director, said (somewhat less poetically), "Now we're all sons of bitches".

The use of DU, while very disturbing, is just not even remotely in the same league (as of course you know), and personally I'd rather not use the term nuclear weapon to describe it.

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