Quotation by John Paxton

Maybe we were the blind mechanics of disaster, but you don't pin the guilt on the scientists that easily. You might as well pin it on M motherhood.... Every man who ever worked on this thing told you what would happen. The scientists signed petition after petition, but nobody listened. There was a choice. It was build the bombs and use them, or risk that the United States and the Soviet Union and the rest of us would find some way to go on living.
John Paxton (1911–1985), U.S. screenwriter, and Stanley Kramer. Julian Osborne (Fred Astaire), On the Beach, at the party, when someone blames the atomic scientists for the nuclear war (1959).

Additional category: arms race, the; from the novel by Nevil Shute.
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