This Is Where Great-Grandpa Helped to Build “The Bomb”
What follows is a news release from the U.S. Department of Energy. Given the controversy that has surrounded the Smithsonian Institute’s exhibit featuring the Enola Gay, this latest idea for a National Park, spread over three sites related to the Manhattan Project, seems, at best, a very dubious proposition, fiscally and politically—never mind morally.
Even if one believes that the development of atomic weapons hastened the end of World War II and saved the hundreds of thousands of lives that would have been lost in an invasion of Japan, a National Park seems a strange way to celebrate this very grim illustration of American ingenuity and determination.
We generally create memorials to the victims of wars, and the preservation of some of the Nazi concentration camps has, for instance, certainly served this purpose, as has the establishment of military cemeteries on the sites of terrible battles. But we generally do…
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