"Joe 1" "Alarm Clock" "Mike"
code words to ignite a mixture of hydrogen
and tritium) into a fusion burn in order to
slaughtering a city with a few atomic bombs
than a single hydrogen bomb dropped on some
in a less fractious post-cold war atmosphere,
underpinnings of the nuclear weapons enter-
as espionage disclosed in this month's de-
"the thing" ""the dreadful" " "the diabolical"
words we have used to sustain our own psychic
of our capacity to inflict mass destruction,
mere polemic that tries to expiate our guilt
fashion more intrigued by the manipulation
than preparations for the massive amphibious
fictitious attacks and feints devised to de-
with possible American use of poison gas and
. " Kokura"
spared that day by clouds over foes who de-
retribution, their kids now trading shares
fed promises of "unconditional surrender"
demanding Japanese atrocities to accompany
exhibit as a "litmus test of patriotism"
reassertion of American virtue, our P.O.W.s
played down a bit to quell all doubts about
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