Category: Weapons & Disarmament

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Gavan McCormack: Making Sense of the Korean Crisis

(Gavan McCormack is author of the just released Target North Korea: Pushing North Korea to the Brink of Nuclear Catastrophe, New York, Nation Books (available at Amazon.com for $11.16). He has published widely on aspects of modern and contemporary East Asia and his books have also been translated into Japanese, Chinese and Korean. A research professor Read more…

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Rahul Mahajan: State of the Union 2004

George W. Bush’s most recent state of the union address didn’t contain the caliber of bald-faced, smoking-gun lies that we have come to expect from him, like the “sixteen words” in the last one (about Iraq supposedly seeking uranium from “Africa”), but it was certainly replete with dishonesty and misrepresentation. Disclaimer: The author in no Read more…

Courtland Milloy: The Enola Gay In a Truly Terrifying Light

After attending opening day at the National Air and Space Museum annex in Northern Virginia on Monday, four visitors from Japan returned to the home of their hosts on Capitol Hill for rest and reflection.   “It was so big, huge,” Tamiko Tomonaga, 74, said through a translator. “In the sky, the B-29s looked so Read more…

Bruce Cumings: Wrong Again:

The only problem with Rumsfeld’s war plan is that no technology yet developed or imagined can penetrate the earth’s surface for more than about fifty feet, which is why cruise missiles could not eliminate Saddam Hussein on the night the Iraq invasion began (even if, that is, he was in the building targeted): later inspections Read more…

Yuki Tanaka: Indiscriminate Bombing and the Enola Gay Legacy

“Suddenly There was a brilliant white-hot flash. Buildings crumbled, Fire blazed, Smoke swirled all around, Wires dangled everywhere, And a writhing mass of humanity fled for safety.” This passage from a poem by Hiroshima A-bomb victim Kurihara Sadako, graphically depicts the horror experienced not only by A-bomb victims, but by all who have suffered air Read more…

Itoh Icchoh: Nagasaki Peace Declaration, 2003

Today, the modern buildings and houses of Nagasaki‘s verdant cityscape make it difficult to imagine what happened here at the end of the Second World War on August 9 at 11:02 AM, fifty-eight years ago. An American aircraft dropped a single atomic bomb that was detonated at an altitude of about 500 meters over the Read more…

Yoichi Funabashi: The Third Atomic Bomb

I visited Tinian Island in the western Pacific, the base from which the B-29 bomber Enola Gay took off to drop the uranium-fueled atomic bomb Little Boy on Hiroshima and the plutonium-type Fat Man on Nagasaki. The components of the atomic bombs were shipped to Tinian from the U.S. mainland on the USS Indianapolis and Read more…

Tadatoshi Akiba: Hiroshima Peace Declaration

This year again, summer’s heat reminds us of the blazing hell fire that swept over this very spot fifty-eight years ago. The world without nuclear weapons and beyond war that our hibakusha have sought for so long appears to be slipping deeper into a thick cover of dark clouds that they fear at any minute Read more…

Hiromichi Umebayashi: Achieving a Nuclear-Free Northeast Asia

The first step calls for South Korea, North Korea and Japan to form the core of the zone as nonnuclear states. Concurrent with this, China, Russia and the United States will extend legally binding guarantees to these three countries that they will engage neither in nuclear strikes nor threats of such aggression.   The Preparatory Read more…

Christian Scherrer: DU and the Liberation of Iraq

On 2 March 2003 some 6,000 people from Hiroshima gathered on an empty space one kilometer from ground zero, where the first nuclear weapon killed hundreds of thousands and devastated the city, to form a message with their bodies, which read from the sky as NO WAR, NO DU!Our warning was against war and the Read more…

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