Since the end of the cold war,
the United States has repudiated,
rejected or subverted all the major treaties
designed to prevent war with weapons of
mass destruction, especially nuclear weapons.
Published on Friday, August 15, 2003 by John Pilger August Marks Another Anniversary of the
Atomic Bombing of Japan, the Ultimate Act of Terrorism

In Which 231,920 People Have Now Died,
the Latest, the Children of 1945,
From a Plague of Cancers
by John Pilger
I first visited Hiroshima 22 years after the atomic bombing. Although the city had been completely rebuilt with glass boxes and ring roads, its suffering was not difficult to find.

Beside the river, less than a mile from where the bomb burst, stilts of shacks rose from the silt, and languid human silhouettes searched pyramids of rubbish, providing a glimpse of a Japan few can now imagine.
They were the survivors.
Most of them were sick, impoverished,
unemployed and socially excluded.
Such was the fear of the "atomic plague" that
people changed their names; most moved away.
The sick received treatment in
a crowded state-run hospital.
The modern Atomic Bomb Hospital,
surrounded by pines and overlooking the city,
which the Americans built and ran,
took only a few patients for "study".
On 6 August, the anniversary of the bombing,
the Mainichi Shimbun reported that the number
of people killed directly and after exposure to
radiation had now reached 231,920.
Today, in the same hospital wards I visited,
there are the children of 1945, dying from
a predictable plague of cancers.
The first Allied journalist to reach Hiroshima
following the bombing was Wilfred Burchett,
the Australian war correspondent of the
London Daily Express.
Burchett found thousands of survivors suffering
mysterious symptoms of internal hemorrhage,
spotted skin and hair loss.
In a historic despatch to the Express that began,
"I write this as a warning to the world",
he described the effects of radiation.
The Allied occupation authorities
vehemently denied Burchett's reports.
People had died only as a result of the blast, they lied, and the "embedded" Allied press amplified this.
"No radioactivity in Hiroshima ruin"
was the headline in the New York Times
of 13 September 1945.
Burchett had his press accreditation withdrawn
and was issued with an expulsion order from Japan, which was later rescinded.
Japanese film shot in the hospitals was confiscated and sent to Washington, where it was classified as top secret and not released
for 23 years.
The true motive for using this ultimate weapon
of mass destruction was suppressed even longer.
The official truth was that the bomb was
dropped to speed the surrender of Japan
and save Allied lives.
Today, as the public becomes more
attuned to the scale of government deception,
this was probably the biggest lie of all.
As the historian Gar Alperovitz, among others,
has documented, US political and military leaders, knowing that Japan's surrender was already under way, believed the atomic bombing was militarily unnecessary.

n 1946 the US Strategic Bombing Survey confirmed this.

None of this was shared with the public,
nor the belief in Washington that the atomic bomb
"experiment" in Japan, as President Truman put it, would demonstrate US primacy to the Russians.
Since then declassified files have
shown that the United States has
almost used nuclear weapons on
at least three occasions: twice in
he 1950s,
during the Korean war and in Indo-China
(against Ho Chi Minh's forces, which were
then routing the French), and during the

1973 Arab/Israeli war.

During the 1980s, President Reagan threatened
the use of "limited" nuclear weapons, until huge
demonstrations in Europe curtailed the American
short-range missile program.
Under George W Bush's essentially
Reaganite administration,
the US (and British) military's love affair
with nuclear weapons is on the rise again.
In 2001, the United States withdrew
from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty,
the landmark agreement with the
Russians signed in 1972.
This was the first time in the nuclear era that
Washington had renounced a major arms
control accord.
The most important official behind this is John Bolton, the under-secretary of state for arms control and
international security: an ironic title, surely,
given the extraordinary stand Bolton has
taken and the threats he has made.
A former Reagan man who is probably the
most extreme of George W Bush's "neo-cons",
Bolton had his appointment endorsed by
Senator Jesse Helms,
one of America's greatest warmongers,
with these words:
"John Bolton is the kind of man with whom
I would want to stand at Armageddon...
for the final battle between good and evil."
Bolton is Defense Secretary Rumsfeld's
man at the "liberal" State Department.
He is a strong advocate of the blurring of
the distinction between nuclear and
conventional weapons.
his is described vividly in last year's leaked
Nuclear Posture Review, in which the Pentagon
expresses its "need" for low-yield nuclear
weapons for possible attacks on a shopping
list of "enemies of the United States":
Libya, Syria, Iran, Iraq and North Korea.
The inclusion of Iraq is significant.
During the long charade about
Saddam Hussein's elusive weapons
of mass destruction, no mention was
made in Washington of US willingness
to use nuclear weapons against Iraq.
It was left to Britain's Defense Secretary,
the caustic Geoff Hoon, to disclose this.
On 26 March 2002,
Hoon told parliament that "some states" -
he mentioned Saddam Hussein by name -
"can be absolutely confident that in the
right conditions we would be willing to
use our nuclear weapons".
No British minister has ever
made such an outright threat.
As Hoon himself later admitted,
British policy is merely an extension
of US policy.
As for John Bolton,
there is little doubt that he has been
assigned to lead the charge against North Korea,
which has nuclear weapons.
Bolton has been traveling the world trying
to assemble a "coalition" that will send
warships to "interdict" North Korean vessels.
Two weeks ago he was in Seoul,
where he unleashed a remarkable
stream of abuse against the North Korean
dictator Kim Jong-il who,
he said, ran "a hellish nightmare".
(In reply, Pyongyang described Bolton as "human scum".)

Last month I interviewed Bolton
in Washington and asked him:
"If you stop ships, isn't there an
echo of what happened in 1962,
with the threat of nuclear war?
Won't the North Korean regime be
moved to defend themselves with the
nuclear weapons they have?"
He replied that a North Korean ship
had already been stopped and
"the regime did nothing in response".
"But if you take action, the nuclear risk is there, isn't it?"

I asked. He replied,
"The risk is there if we don't take action...
of them blackmailing other countries."
He quoted Condoleezza Rice, Bush's closest adviser:

"We don't want to wait for the mushroom cloud."
Two weeks ago,
on the 58th anniversary of Hiroshima's incineration, a secret conference was held at the Strategic
Air Command in Omaha, Nebraska, the base where,

24 hours a day, the United States keeps its "nuclear vigil".

(It was the setting for Stanley Kubrick's Dr Strangelove.)

In attendance were cabinet members,
generals and leading scientists from
America's three main nuclear weapons
Members of Congress were
banned, even as observers.
The agenda was the development of
"mini-nukes" for possible use against
"rogue states".
The mantle of the greatest rogue
state of all cannot be in doubt.
Since the end of the cold war,
the United States has repudiated,
rejected or subverted all the major treaties
designed to prevent war with weapons of
mass destruction, especially nuclear weapons.
This is the rampant power to which,
says Hoon, we are inexorably tied.
That, not an establishment brawl
between the government and the BBC,
ought to be our most urgent concern.
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Since the end of the cold war, the United States has repudiated, rejected or subverted all the major treaties designed to prevent war with weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear weapons.

Doris necesita novio
Como diria Bob, ha bisogno d'un ***
The USA is a target of every god damn rogue group of phychos in the world. These physchos are not signing any treaties and NOT one clear headed american citizen wants to sign it either. The USA won the cold war DEAL WITH IT.. The day WILL come when the USA will need to blow some sizeable part of the world to smithereens just in self defense. Which by the way YOU keep forgeting is what happened in Hiroshima and Nagazaki or are you saying that Pearl Harbor did NOT happen ?
You comiñangas and your revisionist history.
Since the end of the cold war, the United States ... war with weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear weapons.

Doris necesita novio Como diria Bob, ha bisogno d'un ***

No estoy seguro, Dima
Quizas se conforme con mi amor platónico y prefiera seguir asi de ansiosa
Eso si es que me perdona que vaya a la proxima exhibicion en Washington D.C. del ENOLA GAY
Let's go kiss the nose of that plane
(and the underbelly)

Love and kisses to both of you,
Do you remember that your goverment allowed the Pearl Harbor attack?
Do you remember that your goverment allowed the Pearl Harbor attack?

That's a winner, frask
Yesterday the UN allowed the bombing of their Iraq headquarters.

Let's all go to Washington D.C. to admire and celebrate:
Do you remember that your goverment allowed the Pearl Harbor attack?

Oh brother. And I suppose the Chinese invited Japan in to rape and murder the Chinese by the hundreds of thousands. I suppose Korea gave Japan the same invitation. In your book of fiction, Japan killed so many, not because it was an aggressive dictatorship, but because everyone just liked being killed by Japanese. What garbage.

Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into a war that killed 250,000 Americans. America's bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki may have killed just as many Japanese, but those bombs ended a war, saved many more lives than they took, and allowed peace and freedom to replace war and oppression in Japan itself.

Frank Warner
And THAT my friends *IS* history ! Well said Frank. As if the USA in 1941 needed an excuse to enter the war . At that point the axis had virtually declared war on the WORLD. The japanese mistakenly thought the USA was AFRAID for not entering the war sooner. HUGE miscalculation. You go pissing on the giant and the giant is going to *** back and then you complaint for being all wet and smelly.
If you do a little research, by 1941 the US has already broken the encoding of the transmitions that japanese used to send their messages to their that time if im not mistaken, was called "project Magic", the information collected by Magic was available to everyone in the high positions in your goverment, they knew Japan was comming to attack Pearl Harbor, but they need a real cause to go into war, yes you are right by 1941, the world was already on war, but the politics at the time in your goverment was "we do not need to go to war", but there were some who were interested in the US to go to war, for what reason...i don't know...conquest, power, oil? does is sound a lot like today don't you any case it won't be the first time your goverment use the excuse of an attack to the US interest to push for a war..the sink of a US battleship in the Cuban Bay may remind you something perhaps...which began the war between US and the weak Spaniard empire at those days
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