The Activator, Volume 1, Number 8, May 1945 Page: 165
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1945 THE ACTIVATOR 165
DALLAS-FORT WORTH SECTION
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY
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Vol. 1 May 1945 No. 8
LET THE PUNISHMENT FIT THE CRIME
Science has played a major part in the development of what is termed modern
warfare. In the dim distant past a war was made up of individual battles taking
place between soldiers using swords, spears, mace or what ever weapon they had a
preference for, but as time passed some one of inventive nature devised means of
throwing heavy missiles at the enemy. The army that threw the farthest with the
greatest accuracy won the battle. For protection, therefore, all nations began to
develop war weapons on a scientific basis. In the old days the civilian population
was touched very little by the actual warfare but today this group is the first to
suffer, as was demonstrated in Holland, Belgium, France and Poland in the beginning
of this war. Destruction came without notice and there was no escaping from the
fury. Using the past as a guide, we can see that any future war will strike first at
densely populated areas with lightning swiftness and without sound of approach.
Newer and more destructive weapons than the world has ever known will be used
and only those nations with many well trained scientists will be able to defend
themselves. Any nation that has not kept up in the scientific fields will be at the
mercy of any aggressor nation with scientific superiority. This fact is well known to
our present enemy. In the beginning of the present war they believed they had this
superiority over the other nations of the world, being well supplied with a backlog
of secret weapons built around the results of their years of scientific preparation for
Fortunately the United States had available scientists who were able to develop
and put into production processes for manufacturing vitally needed material which
had been lost to the enemy. Had it not been for these men, this war would have
been lost by now. Our foes now see their error-not in starting the war-but in
starting before they had the superiority needed to win. They do not plan to make
this error again in their preparations for the next war.
In a recent article under a Washington date line, our State Department revealed
that they have in their possession photographic copies of German documents disclosing
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