Reflections on Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Fukushima

The following statement by Nobuko Tsukui, a Japanese national from Tokyo who has specialized in the literature of the atomic bomb, was delivered at the 2011 Annual Lantern Float at Lincoln’s Holmes Lake Park Saturday evening August 6—the 66th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

(First, I wish to pay a tribute to the memory of the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and of the March 11 disaster.) I have no word to describe the sense of devastation I felt at the triple disaster of March 11. The earthquake and the tsunami were, of course, caused by the forces of nature. But I could not help reflecting on our civilization in the face of this catastrophe. The Fukushima nuclear disaster, especially, symbolized the problem of civilization in the nuclear age vis-à-vis the forces of nature in their most destructive form. The world witnessed how utterly defenseless the nuclear power plant—supposedly the epitome of nuclear science and technology—could be against the earthquake and tsunami. And I believe that the Fukushima disaster has compelled us to re-examine our attitudes toward both ‘nuclear weapons’ and ‘nuclear energy.’

I wish to refer to two writers who, nearly 30 years ago, tried to awaken us.

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From the bomb to Fukushima, in translation

Cindy Lange-Kubick 
Posted: Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Lincoln Journal Star

The story is on the second page of the book.

"On the third day, most of the dead and wounded students had been taken care of, and I went home in the dusk. All was burned ashes. I immediately spotted a black lump at the site where the kitchen had been. It was the charred remains of my wife's pelvis and vertebrae. Nearby was the rosary with a cross attached to it..."

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StratCom and Stuxnet

 

By: Loring Wirbel- Citizens for Peace in Space, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Lost amid the rash of media reports on the protests engulfing the Middle East and North Africa was a little February news item noting that the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran was at risk of a nuclear meltdown. The predicted danger, it turns out, was not the result of poor construction or the fault of an ill-trained crew.  It was instead an unintended ‘side effect’ of an attack launched by Israel with the help of StratCom’s “Cyber Command” to cripple Iran’s nuclear capabilities with a computer worm—a rogue program similar to a virus.  

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StratCom: 'Warfighting Is Our Vocation'

Former Bulletin of Atomic Scientists editor Mike Moore delivered a keynote address at the 2010 Annual Peace Conference in Omaha this past October. Author of the award-winning book, Twilight War: The Folly of U.S. Space Dominance, the Missouri native is one of the premier analysts on the dangerous militarization of space.

The Cold War was a nasty, frightful business. By the 1980s, the Soviet Union and the United States had some 85,000 nuclear weapons between them. Most of those bombs and missiles were far more powerful than the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing more than 200,000 men, women and children.

Further, these bombs and missiles were ready to go at any moment. If one side attacked the other, the other side would retaliate. The time to make that ‘go-no go’ decision on retaliation, to ‘launch on warning,’ was, at best, 10 or 15 minutes. If one side waited a few minutes too long, its retaliatory force might be destroyed. ‘Use ’em or lose ’em’ was the order of the day. 

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New START Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty in Peril ...UNLESS WE ACT QUICKLY

Despite the public support of every single one of StratCom’s ten past commanders (who have commanded America’s nuclear arsenal under both Republican and Democratic administrations), Senate Republicans are threatening to prevent ratification of the “New START” nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia.

Before the lame duck Senate adjourns next month, the Obama Administration needs eight Republican senators to vote with their 59 Democratic and Independent colleagues to get the two-thirds majority necessary for ratification.  But several Republican Senate leaders are stonewalling on a ratification vote until next year—all but guaranteeing that the treaty will be voted down.

The New START Treaty is far from controversial.  Negotiated with bi-partisan support, the treaty

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