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Hitler Was Within Days Of Having The A-Bomb

 

By James Donahue

 

The world only recently learned just how close Nazi Germany came to having a workable atomic bomb before allied forces brought that war to a crushing end.

 

We have all heard through books and even a dramatic Hollywood film production how allied forces raided and eventually bombed the notorious Vemork hydroelectric plant in Norway, where German scientists were known to be experimenting with “heavy water” in their rush to develop and build the bomb.

 

It was thought that the Vemork project was successful knocked out of commission in 1943 and that work on the bomb was stopped at that point.

 

Now a new book by German historian Rainer Karlsch discloses that near the end of the war in Europe, during the winter of 1944-45, nuclear weapons were actually being tested on a Baltic Sea island and Thuringia, central Germany, under the supervision of the SS.

 

Karlsch says Hitler actually had a working A-Bomb at the time allied forces were blazing their way across France and Germany on their way to Berlin, and Russian forces were approaching from the East. All the German forces needed was a way to drop and detonate it from the air and the tide of the war might have been turned overnight.

 

The balance of the war was that close right up until the end.

 

We all know that scientists were working feverishly on the same project in the United States at about the same time, but we did not have a successful bomb in operation until later in 1945 when we used it on Japan to stop the war in the pacific.

 

Hitler was one step ahead of us. Had it not been for the extreme bravery of the spies and the saboteurs that found out about the experiments in Vemork and then wrecked the plant in a series of daring raids, Hitler would have had the atomic bomb in time to win the war.

 

In retrospect, it is difficult to say just how the world would have fared under Nazi and Imperial Japanese rule had the allies lost that war. Both Germany and Japan have grown to be important progressive nations and centers for industrial, technological and political leadership.

America briefly fell into the hands of religious controlled fanatics with a war machine that turned us into a world bully. Under President George W. Bush and his administration we become, in a sense, a fascist regime acting almost no differently than the axis forces would have acted had they won the war.

 

Like Hitler, who dreamed of an Arian race of super humans in control of the world, the extreme right-wing Bush-Cheney Administration appeared bent on spreading Christian-oriented democracy throughout the world, even if it was done by force. That administration, in coordination with the nation’s industrial war machine, launched a war in Iraq without just cause, set the stage for a civil war within its boundaries, and brought about the virtual destruction of a nation.

 

Fortunately American voters ousted Republican power and gave the keys to President Barack Obama, who is in the process of putting the brakes on that unjust war. He also is working to repair the damage to America’s prestige in the world and stave off the threat of more terrorist attacks from extremist Islamic radicals.