At the time of the Gulf War, Norman Schwarzkopf remarked: "War is a profanity because, let's face it, you've got two opposing sides trying to settle their differences by killing as many of each other as they can."
Which brings us to nuclear weapons...
The purpose of this archive is to illuminate the reader regarding the effects of these destructive devices, and to warn against their use.
At this time, although the threat of a nuclear world war has receded, there are other threats to our tentative peace which have emerged. These involve regional conflicts, and the activities of terrorist parties or nations. They involve issues such as plutonium smuggling, and the sale of weapons technology (possibly clandestine) to militaristic nations.
The High Energy Weapons Archive was founded in November 1994 to increase public awareness of the physics and effects of nuclear weapons, and to provide a convenient accessible reference for understanding nuclear weapons related public policy issues. Though navigation is rather difficult the volume of information here will provide researchers with some assistance. Essays include "Dawn of the Nuclear Age," "Invention and Discovery," "The Manhattan Project," "Trinity," "Little Boy and Fat Man," and "Hiroshima and Nagasaki." The site also includes articles about the history of nuclear weapons in the United States, the Soviet Union and Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India and Pakistan as well as information about Israel, Iraq and South Africa. Also included here are archival materials and links to useful information outside of the site.