Sep 8, 2008
The government has designated the B Reactor at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State as a National Historic Landmark. Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash, said, “This is a great step toward preserving the B Reactor and an important chapter of our nation’s history.”
And what a chapter, since Hanford was involved in the second biggest act of mass murder in the history of the world.
The B Reactor produced the plutonium used in the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945. By 1968, when it was permanently shut down, it had produced the radioactive material used in the majority of U.S. nuclear weapons.
Those who would preserve its history today – not as a mark of shame, but in patriotic fervor – are trying to prepare us morally for much worse wars tomorrow.