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The greatest achievement of America in the last 70 years has been the prevention of a post Nagasaki nuclear proliferation. Ari Shavit
I believe we have been fleeced. Bob Corker
Death from high dose radiation was without undue suffering. Leslie Richard Groves Jr.
His WMD program is active, detailed and growing ...Iraq has chemical and biological weapons ... Saddam has continued to produce them... Tony Blair
Just as gene drives can make mosquitos unfit for spreading the malaria parasite, they could concavely be designed with gene drives carrying cargo for delivering lethal bacterial toxins to humans. David Gurwitz
For every security measure, there is a counter measure that breeds further insecurity. The acquisition by Pakistan or Iran of a nuclear capability neutralizes the security achieved by Israel’s own nuclear capability. Non-governmental terrorism neutralizes governmental military superiority. Chemical weapons neutralize the security of cement walls. Sari Nusseibeh
I proved not only that stupidity is a general human property but that I possessed a full share of it. Edward Teller
Having found the bomb we used it. We have used it against those who attacked us without warning at Pearl Harbor, against those who have starved and beaten and executed American prisoners of war, against those who have abandoned all pretense of obeying international laws of warfare. We have used it in order to shorten the agony of war, in order to save the lives of thousands of thousands of young Americans. Harry S Truman
We cannot allow the world’s worst leaders to threaten us with the world’s worst weapons. George W. Bush
Drafting a treaty is much like drafting a law, and I doubt if the members of this committee could point to a single law whose text they would all agree is absolutely perfect, totally without a flaw. The successive drafts of a treaty get better and better …. Even the final text that is signed and ratified will have flaws, but it will be accepted if it is seen by a strong consensus as substantially better than no treaty at all. James F. Leonard
It is our responsibility not to make charges we can't substantiate James F. Leonard
Biological weapons in the hands of terrorists or states represent such a serious threat to our security and to international security that we must focus on prevention. Elisa D. Harris
Although biological weapons are highly dangerous, their actual use in war and in terrorist attacks has been relatively rare Arms Control Association
If we get hit again, with a biological or chemical attack, we will become a much less liberal society. Peter Beinart
Israel has been deliberately disseminating AIDS in Arab nations. Hezbollah
They don't know how to control us. That is why they send us spies, cancerous substances, epidemics and various diseases – because they consider us to be enemies. They consider the entire Arab nation to be their greatest enemy. Sameh Ashour
Chemical and biological weaponry will be one of the grave threats to the world. Bill Clinton
We have neglected to develop an offensive capability in chemical war and have no defense worthy of the name.... In biological warfare we have neither an offensive nor a defensive capability. Cecil Coggins
In the age of terror, there is less room for error. G. John Ikenberry
The High Contracting Parties, so far as they are not already Parties to Treaties prohibiting such use, accept this prohibition, agree to extend this prohibition to the use of bacteriological methods of warfare Anonymous
We’re going to produce all the vaccines we can in order to protect our people. We don’t have to answer to anyone on this. Fidel Castro
Each State Party to this Convention undertakes to destroy, or to divert to peaceful purposes, as soon as possible but not later than nine months after the entry into force of the Convention, all agents, toxins, weapons, equipment and means of delivery …, which are in its possession or under its jurisdiction or control Anonymous
Now we must worry as much about hard-to-detect small-scale biological weapons producers as we do about the large-scale nuclear weapons programs George Tenet
The simple truth is that the inspectors will never find anything the location of which has not been discovered through intelligence operations. Richard Perle
You will be well advised to infect the Indians with sheets upon which smallpox patients have been lying, or by any other means which may serve to exterminate this accursed race. Jeffery Amhurst
I think this is going to be a black day in the history of mankind. Leo Szilard
NIH biodefense research is ultimately directed toward the development of new and effective medical countermeasures, including vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics against potential bioterror agents. Anthony Fauci
The aggressor too should know that the preemptive use of nuclear weapons would not insure victory. With modern detection systems and the combat readiness of the Soviet Union's strategic nuclear forces, the United States would not be able to deal a crippling blow to the socialist countries. The aggressor will not be able to evade an all-crushing retaliatory strike Dmitriy Fyodorovich Ustinov
Could anyone in his right mind speak seriously of any limited nuclear war? It should be quite clear that the aggressor's actions will instantly and inevitably trigger a devastating counterstroke by the other side. None but completely irresponsible people could maintain that a nuclear war may be made to follow rules adopted beforehand, with nuclear missiles exploding in a "gentlemanly manner" over strictly designated targets and sparing the population. Dmitriy Fyodorovich Ustinov
Germ warfare against the United States would escalate to war against all humanity. Yoshijiro Umezu
Under no circumstances may nuclear weapons or other instruments of mass slaughter be used for the purpose of destroying population centers or other predominantly civilian targets. Retaliatory action which would indiscriminately and disproportionately take many wholly innocent lives, lives of people who are in no way responsible .for reckless actions of their government, must also be condemned. Catholic Bishops
I realize the tragic significance of the atomic bomb. Its production and its use were not lightly undertaken by this Government. But we knew that our enemies were on the search for it. We know now how close they were to finding it. And we knew the disaster which would come to this Nation, and to all peace-loving nations, to all civilization, if they had found it first. That is why we felt compelled to undertake the long and uncertain and costly labor of discovery and production. We won the race of discovery against the Germans. Harry S Truman
The atomic bomb is too dangerous to be loose in a lawless world. That is why Great Britain, Canada, and the United States, who have the secret of its production, do not intend to reveal that secret until means have been found to control the bomb so as to protect ourselves and the rest of the world from the danger of total destruction. Harry S Truman
The news today about 'Atomic bombs' is so horrifying one is stunned. The utter folly of these lunatic physicists to consent to do such work for war-purposes: calmly plotting the destruction of the world! Such explosives in men's hands, while their moral and intellectual status is declining, is about as useful as giving out firearms to all inmates of a gaol and then saying that you hope 'this will ensure peace'. But one good thing may arise out of it, I suppose, if the write-ups are not overheated: Japan ought to cave in. J. R. R. Tolkein
The atomic bomb is a marvelous gift that was given to our country by a wise God. Phyllis Schlafly
It is self-evident in Islam that it is prohibited to have nuclear bombs. It is eternal law, because the basic function of these weapons is to kill innocent people. This cannot be reversed … You cannot deliberately kill innocent people. Yousef Saanei
The reward for using the atom's power towards man's welfare is great and sure. The punishment for its misuse would seem to be death and the destruction of the civilization that has been growing for a thousand years. Arthur Holly Compton
Today we are rightly in an era of disarmament and dismantlement of nuclear weapons. But in some countries nuclear weapons development still continues. Whether and when the various Nations of the World can agree to stop this is uncertain. But individual scientists can still influence this process by withholding their skills., Accordingly, I call on all scientists in all countries to cease and desist from work creating, developing, improving and manufacturing further nuclear weapons - and, for that matter, other weapons of potential mass destruction such as chemical and biological weapons.. Hans Albrecht Bethe
If this is to be done in humans, I feel that those concerned in the Atomic Energy Commission would be subject to considerable criticism as admittedly this would have a little of the Buchenward touch. Joseph G. Hamilton
Will your children be active or radioactive? Anonymous
We may well blow each other up with atomic weapons before we wipe out all species of life including our own with more gradual means. Robert N. Bellah
For me, Hitler was the personification of evil and the primary justification of the atomic bomb work. Now that the bomb could no longer be used against the Nazis, doubt arose. These doubts, even if they did not appear in official reports, were discussed in private conversations. Emilio G. Segre
In such a climate, no one who held a position of responsibility in the Manhattan Project could doubt that we were trying to perfect a weapon that, however repugnant to us as human beings, could nonetheless save untold numbers of American lives. Leslie Richard Groves Jr.
Given this background, we had no choice about the necessity of using the bomb. Robert Serber
We have spent $2 Billion on the greatest scientific gamble in history and won. The battle of the laboratories held fateful risks for us … and we have now won the battle of the laboratories as we have won the other battles. Harry S Truman
In a nuclear age, each of us is threatened when peace is not secured everywhere. Jimmy Carter
We do not believe that a nuclear war should be fought and we do not believe that a nuclear war can be won. Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Ultimately all the options are ugly… These decisions are very, very difficult Tony Blair
It is not delusional for Pakistan to fear that the United States is interested in de-nuking them. It is prudent paranoia. Graham Tillett Allison Jr.
If you are religious, then remember that this [nuclear] bomb is Man's challenge to God. It's worded quite simply: We have the power to destroy everything that You have created. If you're not religious, then look at it this way. This world of ours is 4.6 billion years old. It could end in an afternoon. Arundhati Roy
The lesson of history is when a war starts every nation will ultimately use whatever weapon it has available. ... Therefore, we must expect that if another war — a serious war — breaks out, we will use nuclear energy in some form. Hyman Rickover
You might ask me why do I have nuclear powered ships. That is a necessary evil. I would sink them all (if they were not absolutely necessary). Hyman Rickover
I do not believe that nuclear power is worth it, if it creates radiation. Hyman Rickover
Until about two billion years ago, it was impossible to have any life on earth; that is, there was so much radiation on earth you couldn't have any life — fish or anything. Gradually, about two billion years ago, the amount of radiation on this planet—and probably in the entire system—reduced and made it possible for some form of life to begin... Now when we go back to using nuclear power, we are creating something which nature tried to destroy to make life possible... Every time you produce radiation, you produce something that has a certain half-life, in some cases for billions of years. I think the human race is going to wreck itself, and it is important that we get control of this horrible force and try to eliminate it. Hyman Rickover
A nuclear-power plant is infinitely safer than eating, because 300 people choke to death on food every year. Dixie Lee Ray
And we call ourselves the human race. John F. Kennedy
Nuclear weapons are the greatest national security risk to the United States, and they are the most important weapons in our arsenal. Eric Schlosser
The fewer nuclear weapons possessed by the fewest countries is safer, not only because of the possibility of a nuclear accident but also a nuclear war. Eric Schlosser
No nuclear weapon has detonated. Some nuclear weapons have exploded and spread radioactive plutonium…. The nuclear weapons of today are much safer than those of the 1980s. I worry about the way they are managed however. Eric Schlosser
In my school as a young girl, they taught us that we would be protected from the atomic bomb if we got under the desk. Margaret Atwood
When we say, “Never Again!”, we actuality don’t mean “sometimes”. We don’t mean “somewhere”. We mean “Never Again!” John Kerry
… adopt and enforce appropriate, effective laws which prohibit any non-state actor to manufacture, acquire, possess, develop, transport, transfer, ot use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and their means of delivery …. develop and maintain appropriate, effective border controls and law enforcement efforts … United Nations
Nuclear powers must avert those confrontations which bring an adversary a choice of either a humiliating defeat or a nuclear war. Graham Tillett Allison Jr.
Unless Iran’s leadership believes that the costs of building a nuclear weapon will be greater than the benefit those weapons will provide, the Islamic Republic will become a nuclear-armed state. Graham Tillett Allison Jr.
I built a nuclear option to get peace, not to have bombs. Our enemies learned that they could not destroy us. Shimon Peres
Instead of planning to deter would-be [nuclear] proliferators, U. S. policy makers have developed a preference for preventative war, They now seem to feel that deterrence is too weak to deal with radical regimes, forgetting that the precise purpose of deterrence is to counter dangerous enemies, not cautious ones. Richard K. Betts
We are engaged in the defense of a way of life, and the great danger was that in defending this way of life we will find ourselves resorting to methods that endangered this way of life. Allen Dulles
Nuclear fusion is the energy source of the future and always will be. Anonymous
Maintaining a U. S. Nuclear Arsenal presents only one benefit today: deterring the use of nuclear weapons by others. Thus, there is simply no reason for nuclear weapons to play a central role in U. S. Defense Policy any longer. Wolfgang K. H. Panofsky
It may surprise people that the United States still has not explicitly renounced a policy of first use of nuclear weapons. If we really believe that no country should initiate a nuclear attack, why don’t we take the lead by making this our policy. It does not constrain us from responding to any attack. Lawrence M. Krauss
Most of our thinking about nuclear weapons is a hangover from different era …. Much about war, peace and global security changed after Hiroshima and changed again … with the end of the Cold war. It is high time our thinking changed as well. Lawrence M. Krauss
It is hard to seriously suggest that from a national-security standpoint, 1,000 warheads are not enough to protect the United States. Such an arsenal is literally overkill, sufficient to destroy every major population center on the planet outside of our borders. Lawrence M. Krauss
If we wish to convince countries like Iran that the development of nuclear weapons is not in their best interest, we need to demonstrate that maintaining or enhancing our own arsenal is not in our interest. Lawrence M. Krauss
The biggest risks posed by nuclear power come not from the technology but from the human institutions that govern how we use it. Charles D. Ferguson
… lack of urgency … lack of coherence … lack of prioritization … lack of synchronization National Biodefense Science Board
The lack of U. S. Capability to rapidly recognize, respond, and recover from a biological attack is the most significant failure identified in this report card. Especially troubling is the lack of priority given to the development of medical countermeasures … the vaccines and medicines that would be required to mitigate the consequences of an attack. National Biodefense Science Board
Biological terrorism poses the ultimate asymmetric threat but it should be considered in the same class as the nuclear threat. Heidi Avery
Mr. Vice President, it looks like this. I smuggled this into your office. Randall Larsen
… man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life. John F. Kennedy
Survival Under Atomic Attack U. S. Office of Civilian Defense
… literature is the only consciousness we possess and that its role as consciousness must inform us of our ability to comprehend the hideous danger of nuclear power. John Cheever
Law not served by power is an illusion; but power not ruled by law is a menace which our nuclear age cannot afford Arthur Goldberg
I have no hope that a nuclear disaster can be avoided. George F. Kennan
No matter what we choose, our unwavering stance is to enhance the safety of nuclear power generation in the country. Sean Chen
American experimentation on humans continued during the Cold War in violation of the Nuremberg Code. Annie Jacobsen
I propose the immediate launching of a nuclear strike on the United States. The Cuban people are prepared to sacrifice themselves for the cause of the destruction of imperialism and the victory of world revolution. Fidel Castro
I rise today to commemorate one of the most fateful days in the history of the State of Colorado, the day the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant outside of Boulder nearly became America's own Chernobyl, some 30 years before that terrible accident in the Ukraine. Jared Polis
Nearly one third of Japan would have had to evacuate from their communities…. I came to believe that we should halt further operations of nuclear energy that entail such huge risks…. Japan can supply its energy needs without nuclear power Naoto Kan
We must create a new culture to improve [nuclear] safety. After making sure that it is safe, we must restart nuclear energy. Shinzo Abe
TEPCO is guilty of institutionalized lying…. TEPCO knew on March 12 that fuel had melted down, but they continued to lie for almost 2 months. They haven’t made an accounting of the past. We first have to determine why they lied. Hirohiko Izumida
There was nothing I knew that would indicate that if we could do it [create an atomic bomb], they [the Germans] couldn’t do it. Therefore I thought it was very important to try and cooperate. I felt I should do it in order to protect civilization. … Richard P. Feynman
… use of high yield nuclear weapons invariably created adverse public opinion … Greater emphasis should be placed on small atomic weapons. James Bennett McRae
To err is human. To forgive is not SAC policy. U. S. Air Force
Dwight Eisenhower… supported the nuclearization of the military and the militarization of nuclear weapons as a cost saving way of deterring the Soviets. Under Eisenhower, custody or nuclear weapons shifted from the civilian Atomic Energy Commission to the military. Gregory D. Koblentz
That is simple my friend,: because politics is more difficult than physics Albert Einstein
This idea of weapons of mass extermination is utterly horrible and is something which no one with one spark of humanity can tolerate. I will not pretend to obey a government which is organizing a mass massacre of mankind. Bertrand Russell
The possession of biological weapons—or actions unambiguously designed to produce them—should be categorized as a crime against humanity. Richard Butler
Was there really any chance that an atomic bomb would trigger the explosion of the nitrogen in the atmosphere or the hydrogen in the ocean? J. Robert Oppenheimer
We have begun to repay the Japanese for their brutalities and their mass murders of helpless civilians and prisoners of war. We will not quit until they are completely crushed. You have an important part to play in their defeat. There must not be a letup! J. Robert Oppenheimer
No man in our position and subject to our responsibilities, holding in his hands a weapon of such possibility for accomplishing the purpose and saving those lives, could have failed to use it and look his countrymen in the face. J. Robert Oppenheimer
Such a weapon [the proposed Hydrogen Bomb] goes far beyond any military objective and enters the range of very great natural catastrophes. By its very nature it cannot be confined to a military objective but becomes a weapon which in practical effect is almost one of genocide. It is clear that the use of such a weapon cannot be justified on any ethical ground which gives a human being a certain individuality and dignity even if he happens to be a resident of an enemy country... The fact that no limits exist to the destructiveness of this weapon makes its very existence and the knowledge of its construction a danger to humanity as a whole. It is necessarily an evil thing considered in any light. Enrico Fermi
… in the future, dozens of governments—acquire these weapons [WMDs], it may be only a matter of time before madness, desperation, greed or miscalculation lets loose the terrible force.. Jimmy Carter
President’s Emergency Satchel Football, Biscuit Anonymous
Nuclear weapons are only good for deterring. It is insane that two men, sitting on opposite ends of the world, should be able to decide to bring an end to civilization. John F. Kennedy
The prospect of a nuclear war is not a bad thing because defeating capitalism would be worth losing up to two-thirds of the world’s population. Mao Zedong
Historically our government—the FBI for example—has not always earned that trust. Bill Gates
We oppose the use of chemical weapons no matter who uses them and against whom they are used. Mohammad Javad Zarif
This is an reaction in search of a policy. Fareed Zakaria

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