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Senjata nuklir[sunting]

  • Today the atomic bomb has altered profoundly the nature of the world as we know it, and the human race consequently finds itself in a new habitat to which it must adapt its thinking.
    • Albert Einstein, "Only Then Shall We Find Courage", New York Times Magazine (23 June 1946)
  • I regard the employment of the atom bomb for the wholesale destruction of men,women and children as the most diabolical use of science.
    • Mohandas Gandhi, Harijan, 29 September 1946, quoted in The Making of the Indian Atomic Bomb:Science, Secrecy and the Postcolonial State by Itty Abraham, Zed Books, 1998. (p.30)
  • We have genuflected before the God of Science only to find that it has given us the atomic bomb, producing fears and anxieties that science can never mitigate.
  • The atomic bomb is the Second Coming in Wrath.
    • Winston Churchill, on hearing about the Trinity test, as recollected in Harvey H. Bundy, "Remembered Words," The Atlantic (March 1957).
  • The fact is that nuclear weapons have prevented not only nuclear war but conventional war in Europe for forty years.
    • Margaret Thatcher Speech at Lord mayor's Banquet 1986. Quoted in One of Us:A Biography of Margaret Thatcher by Hugo Young, Macmillan, 1989 (p. 480).
  • Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima, an important Japanese Army base. That bomb had more power than 20,000 tons of TNT....
    With this bomb we have now added a new and revolutionary increase in destruction to supplement the growing power of our armed forces....
    It is an atomic bomb. It is a harnessing of the basic power of the universe. The force from which the sun draws its power has been loosed against those who brought war to the Far East....
    Having found the bomb we have 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 and thousands of young Americans.
    We shall continue to use it until we completely destroy Japan’s power to make war. Only a Japanese surrender will stop us.
    • President Harry S Truman, radio address to the American people, following the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan (August 6 1945).

Perang nuklir[sunting]

  • I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

Tenaga nuklir[sunting]

  • Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
    None but ourselves can free our minds.
    Have no fear for atomic energy,
    cause none of them can stop the time.

Tragedi Chernobyl[sunting]

  • We were just not prepared for that sort of situation.
    • Mikhail Gorbachev, admitted in April 1996, ten years after the great mishap.
    • Quoted in Firm Hope Amid Chernobyl’s Gloom in Awake! magazine, April 22, 1997, published by Jehovah's Witnesses.
  • Mankind has never experienced a misfortune of this magnitude, with consequences so grave and so hard to eliminate.
    • Boris Yeltsin
    • Quoted in Firm Hope Amid Chernobyl’s Gloom in Awake! magazine, April 22, 1997, published by Jehovah's Witnesses.