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"Throughout these days I have thought constantly of you—there has been so much to feel that my capacity for feeling is almost exhausted. I see very little hope for the world.
There is no point in agreements not to use the atomic bomb, as they would not be kept. Russia is sure to learn soon how to make it. I think Stalin has inherited Hitler's ambition for world dictatorship. One must expect a war between USA and USSR, which will begin with the total destruction of London. I think the war will last 30 years, and leave a world without civilized people, from which everything will have to be built afresh—a process taking (say) 500 years.
"It is difficult, with these expectations, to feel that anything is worth doing except to eat, drink, and be merry...."
"There is one thing, and one only, which could save the world, and that is a thing which I should not dream of advocating. It is, that America should make war on Russia during the next two years, and establish a world empire by means of the atomic bomb. This will not be done."
BR would like to believe that glorious moments are forever part of the universe, but that is "mysticism and folly".
"I should like to end gloriously and greatly like a Shakespearean hero; it is shocking to think that as the bomb bursts I shall be wondering how to find the money for next month's bills."
The ms. note below may belong with this letter.
Ms. note, in BR's hand, expresses his profound love for Gamel. This is the "strange eyes" text. See record 51531.
SLBR 2: #469
Record last modified 2020/09/24
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