In December, 2008 the two-volume setÂ Encyclopedia of the Culture Wars will be released. I contributed articles on the history of academic freedom and its current problematic status and a biography of the “father” of the atomic bomb,Â Dr J. Robert Oppenheimer. The latter was director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico that built the genocidal atomic bombsÂ which were introduced during World War II. L.A.N.L.Â also conducted the world’s first atomic explosion, “The Gadget,” in southern NewÂ Mexico on July 16, 1945.Â Â The murderers were so confident of the efficiency of a uranium-core device, such as the one dropped above Hiroshima,Â they only tested a plutonium-core weapon which destroyed Nagasaki. The Hiroshima, Â gun-assembly bomb was NEVER tested prior to its mass-murder deployment on August 6, 1945.
It has always discomfited me that liberals have portrayedÂ the physicist as a great martyr due to his opposition to the development of thermonuclear, fission-fusion weaponsÂ during the McCarthy Era. I would prefer that martyrdom not be conferred on violent men who were the architects of the world’s most evil invention,Â the atomic bomb. While Dr Oppenheimer later bemoaned the atomic carnage, it was too late for redemption with 250,000 dead innocent Japanese burned and irradiated in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
This is an onlineÂ synopsis of the Encyclopedia of the Culture Wars:
Featuring hundreds of A-Z entries and numerous photos, the set examines the history and relevance of the issues, events, controversies, personalities, groups, and concepts that have contributed to the political and social polarization of American society over recent decades. It details hot-button topics as well as the role of the media in defining and shaping these issues–everything from abortion, the Christian Coalition, the environmental movement, feminism, and gay rights, to illegal aliens, pornography, stem-cell research, Watergate, and zero tolerance. A topic finder, bibliography, and index add to the set’s utility.