- Engelsk: Begrebet masseødelæggelse blev
tilsyneladende først formuleret i et referat i avisen London
Times i 1937 der beskrev bombningen og ødelæggelse af
den baskiske by
Guernica af tyske bombefly som bistod de fascistiske
oprørerne i den spanske borgerkrig.
/ Mass destruction was apparently coined in the London Times in
1937 to describe the bombing and destruction of the Basque town of
Guernica by German planes assisting the fascist rebels in the
Spanish Civil War.
'It was in the context of the latter that the Archbishop of
Canterbury coined the term “weapons of mass
destruction.” In his 1937 Christmas day radio broadcast,
excerpted by the Times of London on December 28, 1937, the
dismay of the fears, jealousies, and suspicions which have
compelled nations, our own among them, to pile up their armament.
Who can think at this present time without a sickening of the heart
of the appalling slaughter, the suffering, the manifold misery
brought by war to Spain and to China? Who can think without horror
of what another widespread war would mean, waged as it would be
with all the new weapons of mass destruction?'
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