Category: Weapons & Disarmament

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…

Nono: No Nukes on Okinawa!

Letter to the United Nations Security Council: No Nuclear Weapons on Okinawa! Organizing Committee (NONO!) For six decades Okinawa has been a militarized island, first as Japan prepared to resist the U.S. in the final days of World War II, since 1945 as a military colony of the United States, and since 1972 as the Read more…

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Gavan McCormack: Sunshine, Containment, War

1. “Sunshine” The recent outpourings of analysis and comment on the “Korean problem” around the world are characterized by righteous indignation and denunciation. They tend to be shaped, consciously or unconsciously, by an “imperial” frame of reference, insisting that Pyongyang submit to the will of the “international community” when what is really meant is the Read more…

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