„The atomic bomb played no decisive part, from a purely military standpoint, in the defeat of Japan.“

—  Chester Nimitz, Context: The Japanese had, in fact, already sued for peace before the atomic age was announced to the world with the destruction of Hiroshima and before the Russian entry into war.... The atomic bomb played no decisive part, from a purely military standpoint, in the defeat of Japan. Public statement quoted in The New York Times (6 October 1945) and in The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb (1996) by Gar Alperovitz <!-- p. 329 -->
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—  Vladimir I. Arnold Russian mathematician 1937 - 2010
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