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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

68 years still flexing might, killing innocents: Far to Near East, Hiroshima to Syria

When will poverty eradication trump nuclear proliferation?
Re-reporting, editing by Carolyn Bennett 

Mass destruction some can never forget

A thousand people set out in early May on three-month peace march that would take them from Tokyo to Hiroshima. ETA two days ago. Among the thousand was 74-year-old Yasuo Shiose, orphaned at age 7 when he lost his parents and two older brothers in the bombing of Hiroshima (Japan Times).

The peace marchers called for the abolition of nuclear weapons and nuclear power generation. Banners and stickers read:

‘Let’s abolish nuclear weapons’
‘We don’t need nuclear weapons’
‘We don’t need nuclear power’

Yasuo Shiose was quoted saying, ‘I will walk with the aim achieving a peaceful world free of nuclear weapons and wars.’
Mass destruction some must always remember 

n the United States we too must remember. Remember the suffering we caused and still cause. Work together to correct the character and ethos; end the destruction. 
1945: Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima: “On this day in 1945, the United States of America dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. The blast killed more than 70,000 people and destroyed most of the city.” [Britannica]
Today in London Hundreds of protesters gathered in Tavistock Square to remember those killed and otherwise affected in the U.S. nuclear attacks on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of the Second World War.

ast Asian Studies Professor Christine J. Hong spoke with Press TV and this is some of what she said about U.S. hostilities against the Far East then and now.

“The bombings of Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9) were not justified by any military necessity even though Secretary of State Henry Stimson retroactively tried to impute a military rationality to these actions.

They were just an act of terror.

In fact, the propaganda value of the United States’ being the first user decimating a civilian population has served the United States’ purposes in terms of terrorizing the rest of the world, and especially its historic foes.

“When you have the United States flexing its nuclear might and when it has a history of creating massive civilian causalities, keep in mind that North Korea sustained an estimated 3.5 million deaths at the hands of a U.S. bombing holocaust and the United States has threatened North Korea ─ more than nine times ─ with a nuclear first-strike.

“Against that kind of record, as well as U.S. opposition to conditions of the armistice agreement, nuclear weapons in South Korea from the late 1950’s until the 1990’s ─ North Korea has seen very little other alternative than to develop nuclear self-defense as a means of guaranteeing its sovereignty.

“…You see the same thing in Iran and other places around the world that … stand as targets of a possible U.S. intervention.”

Professor Hong concludes

Indicated in today’s remembrance of Hiroshima is the message that “in the interest of responsible, rational and sane coexistence,” the people of the United States must “have a very vivid and very embodied sense of what it means to be on the devastating receiving end of U.S. foreign policy.”

ampaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) General Secretary Kate Hudson told the press that documents recently declassified by the United States National Archives and Records Administration show that “London played a key role in Washington’s decision to carry out the nuclear attacks” on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in whose wake more than “340,000 people have died.”

CTBTO: Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO Preparatory Commission or CTBTO Prep Com) is an international organization based in Vienna, Austria, that is tasked with preparing the activities of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) is a multilateral treaty by which states agree to ban all nuclear explosions in all environments, for military or civilian purposes. It was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on September 10, 1996; but it has not entered into force due to the non-ratification of eight specific states.

UN remembers, urges disarmament

CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo said the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remind us “of what horrors nuclear weapons can inflict.”

However, key states have failed to ratify the treaty. Of 195 UN General Assembly Member States: 183 have signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, 159 have ratified it.

Standing in the way of the treaty’s entry into force are “Annex 2 States,” which have failed to ratify: 
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
United States of America

UN General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic, speaking at the Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima, said he hoped for “a significant step forward in fulfilling our goal to excise atomic weapons so that the suffering of Hiroshima and Nagasaki of sixty-eight years ago may never repeat.”

In his message to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reminded the gathering of the obvious: that disarmament means life; it frees up resources better channeled to address world poverty, hunger, disease. Nuclear disarmament, he said, “can contribute to our efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 and support the realization of a sustainable future for all humankind.”
A Requiem

Those days in August all those years ago, “I felt very sad,” author and broadcaster Allen L Roland writes. “A deep soul-connected part of me innately knew that the world would never be the same,” he said.

I also sensed at that exact moment the collective loss of thousands of Japanese children ─ children like myself ─ who were incinerated, maimed and left homeless by these unnecessary, barbaric attacks. 

“I … had a profound feeling that something very ominous for humanity had just happened ─ and I was right!  We now had the means to completely destroy humankind ─ particularly, evidently, yellow and brown races.”

In constant acts of carnage down to contemporary times, from the U. S. war on Vietnam through its war on Afghanistan (and other countries), “tens of thousands of innocent children have been killed and maimed and left homeless,” Roland observes; and “now drone (unmanned aerial vehicles or UAV) attacks are the preferred American method of killing and maiming the innocent ─ without having to shoulder the ‘moral’ responsibility for these unnecessary deaths.” Carnage endlessly executed “under the same, now badly frayed American imperialistic flag of freedom, liberty and democracy.”

Sources and notes 

“U.S. nuclear weapons lead to global nuclear competition: Hong” (Press TV has conducted an interview with UC Santa Cruz assistant professor Christine J. Hong to discuss the issue of United States’ use of the atomic bomb on Japanese civilians during the World War II. August 6, 2013, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/06/317455/us-nukes-lead-to-nuclear-rivalry/

Christine J. Hong is University of California-Santa Cruz Assistant Professor in the Division Humanities Division, Department Literature Department. Her affiliations are East Asian Studies, History of Art/Visual Culture; her research Interests: Asian American literature and cultural criticism; African American literature and black freedom studies; Korean diasporic cultural production; Pacific Rim studies; postcolonial theory; comparative critical race studies; human rights; law and literature; narrative theory; film and visual studies, http://literature.ucsc.edu/faculty/singleton.php?&singleton=true&cruz_id=cjhong

“A Statement of Peace, or an Epitaph” (Robert Scheer’s Columns) August 6, 2013,

“100s will rally in London to remember victims of U.S. nuclear attacks on Japan, August 6, 2013,

“Requiem for The Children of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan” (Allen L Roland), August 6, 2013, http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/08/06/requiem-for-the-children-of-hiroshima-nagasaki-vietnam-iraq-and-afghanistan/

Allen L Roland is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist. He is also a practicing psychotherapist and author and lecturer who also shares political and social commentary on his website: AllenRoland.com. He guest hosts Truthtalk, a national radio show that airs monthly.

“Three-month peace march sets out for Hiroshima” (Kyodo), May 7, 2013, http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/05/07/national/three-month-peace-march-sets-out-for-hiroshima/#.UgFI32zD-1s
CTBTO: Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization

CTBTO Preparatory Commission or CTBTO Prep Com: an international organization based in Vienna, Austria, that is tasked with preparing the activities of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

The organization was established by the states that signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1996 and will cease to exist upon the entry into force of the CTBT. It builds, certifies and operates the infrastructure for detection of Nuclear Tests, prepares regulations for the CTBTO and stimulates entry into force of the CTBT. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CTBTO

CTBT: The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) is a multilateral treaty by which states agree to ban all nuclear explosions in all environments, for military or civilian purposes. It was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on September 10, 1996; but it has not entered into force due to the non-ratification of eight specific states.
“On anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing,” UN officials urge nuclear disarmament, August 6, 2013, http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=45574&Cr=nuclear&Cr1=#.UgFd4mzD-1s


On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima became the first city in the world to be struck by an atomic bomb, which was dropped by a B-29 bomber of the U.S. Air Forces.

Most of the city was destroyed, and estimates of the number killed outright or shortly after the blast have ranged upward from 70,000. Deaths from radiation injury have mounted through the years.


In the early 20th century the Nagasaki became a major shipbuilding center and it was this industry that led to U.S. targeting for the second atomic bomb dropped on Japan. The bomb was dropped on August 9, 1945. It destroyed the innermost portion of Nagasaki; between 60,000 and 80,000 people were killed. Exact figures are difficult to come by because many records were destroyed by the bomb and the overall devastation of the area made accurate accounting for casualties impossible.


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