Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare

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“It is true that the threat of war can still be used, but only by a lunatic. Unfortunately, some people are lunatics, and, not long ago, there were such lunatics in command of a powerful State. We cannot be sure this will not happen again and, if it does, it will produce a disaster compared with which the horrors achieved by Hitler were a flea-bite.”

Bertrand Russell, Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare, APPENDIX II: INCONSISTENCY?, p. 78.

“এটা সত্য যে যুদ্ধের হুমকি এখনও ব্যবহার করা যেতে পারে, কিন্তু এখন এটা হবে শুধুমাত্র একজন নেতৃত্ব প্রদানকারী উন্মাদের উন্মত্ততা…!
দুর্ভাগোবশত যেমনটা ঘটেছিলো দীর্ঘদিন আগে যেখানে কিছু মানুষ পাগল হয়েছিলো, যেখানে সেখানকার একজন শক্তিশালী উন্মাদ রাজ্যর কমান্ডে এ ধরনের পাগলরা পরিচালিত হয়েছিলো।
আমরা নিশ্চিত নই যে এরকম ঘটনা আবার সংঘটিত হবে না, যদি আবার এরকম ঘটে তবে তার ভয়াবহতা হবে হিটলার দ্বারা অর্জিত সেই দুর্যোগ সমতুল্য, যে আতঙ্ক ছিলো হিটলারের ন্যায় ভৌতিক মাছির-কামড়ের মতো বিপর্যয় সাদৃশ্য”।

– বার্ট্রান্ড রাসেল, সাধারণ জ্ঞান এবং পারমাণবিক যুদ্ধ, পরিশিষ্ট -২: অসঙ্গতি ?, পি. ৭৮ -অনুবাদ: JB Ayon.

Image: Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970) was a philosopher,

mathematician, educational and sexual reformer, pacifist, prolific letter writer, author and columnist. Bertrand Russell was one of the most influential and widely known intellectual figures of the twentieth century. In 1950 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his extensive contributions to world literature and for his “rationality and humanity, as a fearless champion of free speech and free thought in the West.” Russell led the British “revolt against Idealism” in the early 1900s and is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy along with his protégé Ludwig Wittgenstein. He co-authored, with Alfred North Whitehead, Principia Mathematica, an attempt to ground mathematics on logic. His philosophical essay On Denoting has been considered a paradigm of philosophy. Both works have had a considerable influence on logic, mathematics, set theory, linguistics and analytic philosophy. He was a prominent anti-war activist, championing free trade between nations and anti-imperialism. Russell was imprisoned for his pacifist activism during World War I, campaigned against Adolf Hitler and his nazis, called for nuclear disarmament, criticized Joseph Stalin and Soviet totalitarianism, and lastly condemned the United States of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Russell died at his home in Penrhyndeudraeth, Wales on February 2, 1970, where his ashes were scattered over the Welsh hills.


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