This video is a clip from a BBC Documentary called “BBC History of World War II: Hiroshima (2005)”. It is available on DVD
The US atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the largest international terrorist attack in history. This attack was the only time that atomic or nuclear weapons have been used.
“Terrorism is the use of violence and intimidation against civilians in the pursuit of political aims. In the Geneva and Hague Conventions, which in turn are based upon the basic principle that the deliberate harming of soldiers during wartime is a necessary evil, and thus permissible, whereas the deliberate targeting of civilians is absolutely forbidden.
These Conventions thus differentiate between soldiers who attack a military adversary, and war criminals who deliberately attack civilians.”
[66 years after the atomic terrorist bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, the Mayor of Nagasaki has issued this statement on the link between atomic weapons and nuclear power–and of the pro-nuclear propaganda which has falsely claimed the “progress” of the world and the “safety” of atomic/nuclear weapons and power. — Frontlines ed.]
This March, we were astounded by the severity of accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station operated
by the Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc., after the occurrence of the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami. With some of the station’s reactors exposed to the open air due to explosions, no residents are now to be found in the communities surrounding the station. There is no telling when those who have been evacuated because of the radiation can return home.
As the people of a nation that has experienced nuclear devastation, we continued the plea of “No More Hibakusha!” How has it come that we are threatened once again by the fear of radiation?
Have we lost our awe of nature? Have we become overconfident in the control we wield as human beings? Have we turned away from our responsibility for the future? Now is the time to discuss thoroughly and choose what kind of society we will create from this point on. Continue reading →