Inezgane, Morocco - I never thought I would have a chance to visit Los Alamos. For seekers of art and culture, no choice can be better than Santa Fe. It is a place you would keep thinking of and dreaming to get back to someday.
Inezgane, Morocco – I never thought I would have a chance to visit Los Alamos. For seekers of art and culture, no choice can be better than Santa Fe. It is a place you would keep thinking of and dreaming to get back to someday.
Los Alamos, however, is quite something else instead of the painting galleries and the western type of museums with horse drawn carriages and various types of fire arms of Santa Fe, what you get in Los Alamos belongs to a most contemporary era, it is the birth place of the nuclear age. When you get to Los Alamos you hear, read and see things that are mostly related to nuclear energy, nuclear armament, shelters and protection from potential devastating nuclear attacks from the USSR.
Remember the visit to Los Alamos was in 1976. People who get to Los Alamos do not, as a general rule, fail to visit its nuclear museum. I went to visit it with a number of other exchange students from various countries around the world. It was for us an opportunity to see a small scale nuclear experiment at the Bradburry Science Hall and have a chance to walk past Einstein’s office.
It was not open for visitors at the time of our visit. I am writing from what I recall and therefore lots of details may not figure in my writings but what I can say is that my history lessons were quite useful as they helped me situate plenty of historical events which came back rushing to my mind as my friends and I stopped in front of “Fat Man” and “Small Boy.”
These were prototypes of nuclear bombs which were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan and caused devastating effects that forced the Japanese to surrender and thus cause the war in the Asian theatre to come to an end. Plenty of historical events were crammed in my mind; Pearl Harbor, Midway, and finally the Japanese surrender to General MacArthur and the turning of a bloody page of history and the beginning of the Marshal plan for the reconstruction of Europe.
The nuclear age brought along with it plenty of evils for the whole world coupled with a number of blessings that only strong nations enjoyed. I remember having read in an American newspaper a political joke that went this way: “There was a butter shortage in the USSR so the Russians wanted to import butter from the US but the US refused saying that they would not pass the butter until the Russians passed the SALT.SALT was short for strategic arms limitation talks. In the city of Los Alamos, civil defense shelters, at the time, reminded us that the nuclear threat was still a pending matter as stages of the cold war were slowly unfolding.
Articles written by Mohamed El Hassan Abou El Fadel in Morocco World News are taken from his Cultural Journals. The articles feature his reflections on an important part of his educational and cultural experiences in the US as an American Field Service exchange student, a Fulbright exchange teacher and a University of Delaware alumnus.
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