Nuclear Education

| 8/16/2010 10:48:21 AM

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When I think of the University of California, UC Berkeley is what usually comes to mind.  And with that, all the usual images of Berkeley: college students throwing the Frisbee, Co-ops, posters in the windows of used record shops announcing a protest on Tuesday.  (I haven’t been there in a while, so I could be grossly misrepresenting the place.)  What does not come to mind, however, are nuclear weapons.

Apparently, they should.

In an article for writer and anti-war activist Norman Solomon writes,

“Since the early 1940s, UC has managed the nation's top laboratories for designing nuclear bombs. Today, California's public university system is still immersed in the nuclear weapons business.

“Sixty-five years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, the University of California imprimatur is an air freshener for the stench of preparations for global annihilation. Nuclear war planners have been pleased to exploit UC's vast technical expertise and its image of high-minded academic purpose.”

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