No More Hiroshimas, No More Nagasakis!

6 08 2010

No More Hiroshimas, No More Nagasakis!

August 6th and 9th mark the 65th anniversaries of the U.S. atomic bombings of the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The fist atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 killing approximately 140,000 people instantly; and the second bomb that hit Nagasaki killed an estimated 70,000 people instantly.

The human effect of these bombings is vividly detailed in John Hersey’s book “Hiroshima” (1946).

During the 1980s several movies focused on the impact of a nuclear war. An American film “The Day After” (1983) graphically depicted how a Midwestern U.S. city attempts to recover after it is destroyed by a nuclear missile strike; and a British television drama “Threads” (1984) provided an account of a hypothetical nuclear attack and its effects on the city of Sheffield, England.

Today conservative estimates indicate that there are more than 20,000 nuclear warheads in the world’s arsenals. The advent of suitcase-size atomic weapons useable by terrorists make any city, even Little Falls, a potential target.

“The existence of thousands of nuclear weapons is the most dangerous legacy of the Cold War,” President Obama said, stressing that “generations lived with the knowledge that their world could be erased in a single flash of light”.

Pointing to the danger of terrorist groups acquiring the deadly technology, Obama said that “in a strange turn of history, the threat of global nuclear war has gone down, but the risk of a nuclear attack has gone up”.

What can you do to eliminate the threat of nuclear weapons?

1. Urge our two US Senators Lautenberg and Menendez to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty;

2. Learn all you can about nuclear weapons, their effects, and how they could be used against civilian targets;

3. Become an advocate for nuclear disarmament; and

4. Ask Mayor DeFrancisci to sign the “Mayors for Peace” pledge to eliminate nuclear weapons by the year 2020.

65 Years is Enough: It’s Time to Retire Nuclear Weapons!

Posted by Arnold Korotkin