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The Marshall W. Nirenberg Papers

Title:
Letter from Joshua Sussman to Marshall W. Nirenberg pdf (72,837 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Sussman to Marshall W. Nirenberg
Description:
Nirenberg often received letters on subjects that were not directly related to his scientific expertise. In this letter, Joshua Sussman, a 17 year old cadet at the Missouri Military Academy asks Nirenberg for his opinions on the necessity of war and whether or not it is preventable. Sussman hopes that Nirenberg will be able to settle a dispute between he and his father. He asks, "Is Dad right by saying there will always be wars or am I right by my conviction that animosities between countries can be negotiated?"
Number of Image Pages:
1 (72,837 Bytes)
Date Supplied:
March 1989
Creator:
Sussman, Joshua
Recipient:
Nirenberg, Marshall W.
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of Joshua Sussman.
Exhibit Category:
Beyond the Laboratory: Professional, Personal, and Political Life, 1967-2002
Box Number: 18
Folder Number: 9
Unique Identifier:
JJBBZM
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Series III: Laboratory Administration, [1959]-1993
SubSeries: Daily Books, 1968-1996
Folder: #401 - #429, 1988 Oct-1990 Feb
Transcript:
Marshall W. Nirenberg
I am a 17 year old cadet at the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, Missouri.
I'm writing to you as a matter of great importance to both my dad and myself.
My dad is an ardent student of history. His being an invalid has created the need for other outlets. History is his primary interest. Many evenings the two of us sit and discuss historical events. At times we disagree.
I know of Dad's admiration for you and I thought you might help settle an argument that we have pursued over a year now.
I am of the belief that wars have failed as an extension of national politics. I believe that differences between countries can be solved by diplomacy. I believe that massive killings of armies and civilians has created a dangerous precedent that may ultimately lead to the destruction of mankind! What is the answer when wars no longer work? How can we solve conflict without violence?
My dad feels that there will ALWAYS be wars because of historical differences in language, boundaries, religious beliefs, population explosions, etc. He believes that strength comes from military preparedness. Yet, General Douglas McArthur, one of our nation's greatest generals and strategists, in a speech given to the American Legion in St. Louis in 1955 said, "The next great advance in the evolution of civilization cannot take place until war is abolished."
What are your thoughts? Is Dad right by saying there will always be wars or am I right by my conviction that animosities between countries can be negotiated?
We both would value your opinion and would be most grateful for your kindest help!
Sincerely,
Joshua Sussman
Mar 20 1989
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