“One Victory Not Yet Won,” New York Times, August 12, 1945.
The surprise use of the atomic bomb against the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended World War II filled many Americans with horror and dread of the unprecedented destructive power of nuclear weaponry. Yet at the same time, many observers expressed hope that the technology behind the atomic bomb could be put to peaceful ends, ushering in a future of technological progress and prosperity throughout the world. This New York Times editorial, published just days after the bombing, both reflects on the devastation and expresses hope for peaceful applications of nuclear research and development. In what ways does the author reconcile nuclear energy’s destructive power and its potential for human progress?
"One Victory Not Yet Won," New York Times, August 12, 1945.