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Sons O’ Bitches! July 16, 2008

Posted by littlebangtheory in Love and Death, Politics and Society.
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Yeah, you.

And me.

Sixty-three years ago, on this day, the United States of America, staggering under the realization of our Godless Potency, detonated the very first atomic bomb.

It was magnificent.

There in the desert, 120 miles south of Albuquerque, at five thirty in the morning, as Good Americans lay sleeping, the order was given and the portal to Hell opened, gaped wide, and delivered unto us a vision of Armageddon which would never be erased from our collective consciousness:

The birth of a New Sun, the unleashing of unearthly power, and the death of the human soul.

And among the witnesses to this Birth of Death was Kenneth Bainbridge, Director of the Manhattan Project, who had orchestrated and coordinated the efforts of so many brilliant yet conflicted scientists as they strove to create an Evil powerful enough to deliver us from the Evil of World War Two.

And their success, as the Galaxy’ Newest Sun came into being, was punctuated by a simple, knowing observation by Mr. Bainbridge, before the city-wide fireball ascending into hell, before the never before imagined mushroom cloud building, expanding, rising to a height of over forty thousand feet, before God with His head hung down at the sight of what He’d wrought:

“Now we’re all Sons O’ Bitches.”

And right he was.

President Truman delivered this gift to the good people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, despite the repeated offers of surrender from Japan’s Emperor, delivered this Hell unto two foreign cities filled with blameless civilians, hundreds of thousands of innocent people, men, women, children, grand-parents, babies, all incinerated just because we could, just to show the world how bad we were.

Do we blame them for learning the lesson?

Do we fault them for noticing that we carpet bombed Cambodia and soaked Viet Nam with carcinogenic chemicals to stave off the advance of the imagined Red Threat? That we threw every moving thing under the bus to win our ideological pissing match with a system which we deemed too egalitarian to allow our Filthy Fucking Rich to own the world?

Do we wonder at all that they’re skeptical of our present day hegemony in Iraq, that they suspect us of not really being there to help them, but rather to help our Corporate Selves?

We shouldn’t wonder. We should know.

Because decade after decade, administration after administration, election after election, we prove ourselves to be One Trick Ponies, self-serving little fucks who don’t give a Rat’s Ass about the rest of the world, as long as our Rich keep getting Richer.

They don’t hate us ’cause we’re “free,” people, because you and I are not free. We’re indentured servants to a system which sucks the little people dry and discards the bones, a system which relegates anyone not at the top of our American Food Chain to the same fate as those who stand in our way.

Our present day military might is our Ring, corrupting us as it corrupts any who possess it. Ask Bilbo, he knows.

“Now we’re all Sons O’ Bitches.”

Straight Up, Ken.

I’m glad you’re not here to witness this, our abdication of our democratic rights, our spineless caving to the fascist pigs we allow to run this place.

Sons O’ Bitches!

Comments»

1. + Maya Pavlova - July 16, 2008

FDR launched the Manhattan Project, but I’m pretty sure Truman dropped the bomb(s).

2. kkryno - July 17, 2008

Another shining moment in our Legacy…can hardly wait to wake up in the morning!

3. littlebangtheory - July 17, 2008

Maya, thanks, you’re right, I fixed that. I gotta slow down and read my own posts!

And k, every day is a new (mis)adventure. It just seems to get better and better, doesn’t it?

4. Jane R - July 17, 2008

Oh, oops, that was me. Maya, Feline Bishop Extraordinaire, is actually on the way to Lambeth. (See Clumber’s blog, Barkings of an Old Dog, for details.) She had left her settings on before leaving. You know cats.

5. QuakerDave - July 17, 2008

“Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.”

Robert Oppenheimer’s words that day of the detenation. From the Bhagavad Gita.

However, the fire bombings of Tokyo and other Japanese cities, and of German cities, too, killed and injured far more victims than did both A-bombs put together, even if you figure in the long-term radiation casualties. No, the atomic bombings were as political as they were tactical and military. Which obviously makes them even worse.

6. Randal Graves - July 18, 2008

Yeah, but it was all worth it because all of the world’s problems have been solved.

Oops.

7. QuakerDave - July 18, 2008

Funny how that worked out. We still have more nukes than everybody else, and things are still just that f%&*ked up.

8. Mauigirl - July 20, 2008

And we have an administration which has actually talked about using “tactical” nuclear weapons in their own little war. America has learned nothing from the past and never will at this rate.

Excellent post.


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