Friday, July 08, 2005

Swords into Plowshares

Keith Cowing of NASAWatch remembers the last time London was terrorized:

Yesterday morning, as I listened, half asleep, to the names of the London Underground stations that were hit by the terrorist attack, I suddenly froze when they named one station in particular: Aldgate East. Two years ago, when I was in London, I got off at that station and wandered around the immediate neighborhood. I was trying to locate any remaining indications (alas, none found) of the site of a V-2 impact in spring 1945. You see, my father was billeted nearby when the rocket hit.
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A decade or so ago, during a visit by my parents to Washington, I showed my Dad the V-2 on display at the National Air and Space Museum. He was surprised at how small and harmless it seemed. The irony was not lost on him that his son worked on things - and knew people - who would fly on rockets of exploration that could trace a direct lineage to this weapon of terror - one that could have easily killed him.

I am at a loss, however, to see how today's terrorist weapons - their swords - will ever be pounded into plowshares as was the V-2.

Indeed, and well said.

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