"Humanitarian" Bombs

July 1956
New Republic;7/30/56, Vol. 135 Issue 5, p3
This article discusses the testing of big bombs in the Pacific. Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission Lewis L. Strauss's cloudy language makes it difficult to determine his technical meaning, but the political background for his statement is clear. The American public has the radiation jitters. No other current problem is inspiring more mail to the Congress and the White House. If Admiral Strauss' announcement was more than a sedative to calm the public nerves, its scientific and military significance is slight in the eyes of scientists working in the field. Unless Admiral Strauss has reassuring answers to these and other questions, his soporific press release must be taken as an effort to evade the rising world demand that bomb tests be controlled or banned.


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