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Seventy scientists wrote letter to President Truman asking him to delay the use of atomic bombs but letter didn't arrive in time: Should bombs and nuclear weapons require more time before launching?

Seventy scientists wrote letter to President Truman asking him to delay the use of atomic bombs but letter didn't arrive in time: Should bombs and nuclear weapons require more time before launching?
  • Absolutely. They are a threat to civilisation as we know it.

    Atomic weapons have the potential to almost entirely destroy the progress that mankind has made since its existence. Within a few days they could wipe out entire cities along with the millions and possibly billions of inhabitants within them. The checks that should be in place before they're launched should have completely inflexible timelines and multiple approval stages.

  • Weapons of mass destruction should be considered carefully.

    This election seems to have brought to our attention the need for sound judgement by our commander in chief. With questions being raised as to Donald Trump's temperment and whether he'd be trigger happy with nuclear weapons, an example such as this seems important. Does there need to be a time delay, or a second person involved in decision-making about the launch of nuclear weapons?

  • Yes, bombs and nuclear weapons should require more time before launching.

    Yes, bombs and nuclear weapons should require more time before launching because they permanently ruin whatever land they are dropped upon. Families were immediately killed, animals were eliminated from parts of Japan. Bombs should only be used as a last resort, if ever at all. They should take awhile to launch.

  • No, the exigencies of war determine the timing of bombs.

    Bombs and nuclear weapons should not require more time before use. In wartime, military and political leaders need to take into account urgent and complicated issues, and often have to make quick decisions based on incomplete information. To limit their freedom of action with the imposition of delays for further consideration would be wrong.


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