Hiroshima Day: August 6, 2011

66 years ago the world entered a new age. The nuclear age. The United States dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima & Nagasaki (August 6th & August 9th), & if human beings had ever known innocence, it was surely lost when those bombs were dropped.

Archbishop DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize winner, has recently said:

“ELIMINATING NUCLEAR WEAPONS IS THE DEMOCRATIC WISH OF THE WORLD’S PEOPLE...

“We must not tolerate a system of nuclear apartheid in which it is considered legitimate for some states to possess nuclear weapons but patently unacceptable for others to seek to acquire them…

“Every dollar invested in bolstering a country’s nuclear arsenal is a diversion of resources from its schools, hospitals and other social services, and a theft from the millions around the globe who go hungry or are denied access to basic medicines…

“THE ONLY OBSTACLE WE FACE IN ABOLISHING NUCLEAR WEAPONS IS THE LACK OF POLITICAL WILL, WHICH CAN – AND MUST – BE OVERCOME.

“In time, every government will ….work to achieve a world in which such weapons are no more – where the rule of law, not the rule of force, reigns supreme………But SUCH A WORLD WILL ONLY BE POSSIBLE IF PEOPLE EVERYWHERE RISE UP AND CHALLENGE THE NUCLEAR MADNESS.”

If you'd like to learn a little more about the myth of the "necessity" of dropping the bombs on Japan to end World War II, you can go here to listen to a radio clip by Gar Alperowitz on Alternative Radio.

You can also read a book called Hiroshima in America: Fifty Years of Denial.

I will attend a Hiroshima Day event in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) on Hiroshima Day - my own small way of "rising up and challenging the nuclear madness."

Janet