Seventy-two years after the U.S dropped the first atomic bombs on Hiroshima and three days later on Nagasaki, there is hope that we will finally see the abolition of these most deadly weapons of mass destruction, for this year on July 7 an historic treaty banning nuclear weapons, like every other weapon of mass destruction, was adopted at the United Nations. Recognizing and responding to the medical and humanitarian consequences of nuclear war, the world has come together and spoken.
If the only countries that sign the treaty are those that don’t have such weapons, it will obviously change nothing.
Unless the treaty can be enforced at large with economic sanctions, expulsion from certain UN committees, etc.
Chomsky was right in referring to the US as a rogue state.
Nuclear weapons are satanic.
The treaty is utterly meaningless. It’s akin to the mice getting together and banning cats from using their claws.
But the USA has different ideas:
AUGUST 15, 1945 and the world war was finally over! Six years of battle and slaughter had finally ended and the world could once again look forward to living at peace. Unfortunately, the nuclear dragon had been unleashed on a nation that was actually trying to surrender. History is being rewritten daily to show that isn’t so, but the old records remain, here and there.
None-the-less, the war was over and the world rejoiced, then began in on the cold war and the many other “little” wars that have gone on to the present, squandering lives and resources, to feed the vanity and desires of various self styled leaders and politicians and enrich the arms manufacturers.
VJ Day plus 60
15 August, 1945 and the world went wild!
The insanity that had begun in 1939 was over.
Imperial Japan had surrendered, its one wish granted.
Few knew it had been trying to surrender for months,
Asking only to keep its Emperor, but no one would listen.
Except a small group who wondered why.
We had a lesson to teach, to Japan and the world at large.
16 July, 1945, in the American desert, Trinity was detonated.
Far more powerful than expected, the superweapon worked!
Horrified, many scientists said, “It must never be used.”
The war department said, “Just what we need.”
Intelligence said, “They’re trying to surrender.”
“Bomb an offshore deserted island,” the scientists said.
“Maybe it won’t go off,” the military said, “we’d look foolish.”
“Destroying a city without warning is barbaric,” said the diplomats.
“They really want to surrender,” said intelligence.
“We’ll call the city a military target,” said Truman,
“The Russians will get a big surprise.”
6 August 1945, an elderly gardener looked up from his spade
Admiring the silver plane flying far above.
His shadow remains etched in the concrete wall behind him.
Schoolchildren, housewives, tradesmen
Blown to rags of flesh or vaporized, the lucky ones.
Thousands of others doomed to slow death and disease.
“They keep asking for someone to take their surrender,” said intelligence,
“Can’t we at least talk to them?”
“They have to be taught a lesson and the world must see our power,”
Said the military, "Besides, we have to test the second bomb.”
And so the wheels were set in motion for the second demonstration
Of Hell on earth.
9 August 1945, above the city of Kokura, the Gods of Chance roll the dice.
A hundred thousand or more go about their business,
Unsuspecting of the doom flying above the thick cloud cover.
In Nagasaki, the people enjoyed the sunshine as the cloud cover broke.
“Secondary target is clear,” and their world suddenly ended in fire and shock
And radiation sleeting through their bodies.
“Now let them surrender,” said the military, “The test is completed.”
Two cities vaporized, two hundred thousand dead,
Survivors to suffer, some for days, some for decades,
And the nuclear arms race begun.
“By golly, we sure showed them!”
“We’ll let them keep their Emperor.”
15 August, 1945 and the world went wild!
The end of the war and of war itself!
There was dancing in the streets and love in the parks,
The blackouts ended in the streets and the homes.
Japan and Germany licked their wounds,
In Washington and the Kremlin, midnight oil was burning.
15 August 2005, nations have risen and fallen;
War and genocide again ravage the world.
Treaties made by thoughtful men have been discarded
In the name of profit and greed; nuclear horror again hovers
Over a world exhausted by war, famine and disease.
Only the aging survivors remember the bloody lesson, taught so long ago.
15 August 2005
Twelve years have passed since I wrote that poem. Now, millions more people are displaced, refugees, or dead; more nations have been reduced to rubble so the Oilagarchy can rape their resources, strut and feel powerful.
*There are few of us left that can bear witness to the horror of nuclear weaponry and the government is patiently waiting for us, and the handful left that fought in WW-II, to die off so there will be no witnesses left to testify to the evil of the nuclear age.
*Now, in the insane-asylum that used to be our government, they are licking their chops for a chance to bomb North Korea as a lesson to the world, forgetting that we, and eventually the rest of the world, is downwind from North Korea, as it is from Fukushima.
I Have Seen the Dragon
I have seen the Dragon
Through clenched lids and arms pressed tight.
I have felt its hot breath on my back
And listened to the rumble of its voice.
I have looked upon its breath,
Glowing Amethyst, red and purple,
Climbing towards the stratosphere
To deposit its venom downwind.
I have waited in fear as my gums began to bleed
And my hair came out in clumps.
I breathed a prayer of thanks
As I began to heal.
After fifty years, our ranks are thin,
We who have seen the Dragon and survived.
Those who have died or are sickened still,
Their numbers are legion.
All we can hope for, work for, pray for,
Is that no madman will ever be allowed
To unleash the Dragon again.
For its legacy to all is death, disease and decay.
© Stephen M. Osborn
2 November 2006
Perhaps I can add to the conversation?
I think this is a landmark treaty, despite the lack of unanimity - despite the probability that many, perhaps all, of the nuclear nations will not ratify it.
For what it’s worth, in reading "The Putin Interviews (Oliver Stone & Vladimir Putin), Russia’s alpha male is on record as believing that the atomic bombs should never have been dropped on Japan, as Japan was defeated at the time.
There were highest ranking military officers in the United States at the time who were also opposed - for the same reason - it was unnecessary.- and additionally - immoral.
And both reasons are valid, in my opinion.
JFK thought the UN our last hope - as do I.
Let’s hope Jacques Cousteau was right when he said:
“The only missions which succeed are the impossible ones.”
Nuclear power is mad science.
Genetic Engineering is mad science.
Chemical pesticides is mad science.
Global transport business vacation travel is luxury.
Schedule your next golf outing long beforehand.
Millionaires are on a di golforoma pagent tour.
Celebrating $190 take on use of recent Tomahawk missiles.
Steel sales for walls and pipes and ships.
And 50-some new naval vessels to go on attack mode.
Preparations for war?
We’re #1 We’re #1
at weapons of war,
weapons of war makers.
Thank you for including this touching history/poetry, minitrue, Stephen Osborn’s VJ Day Plus 60, and I Have Seen the Dragon.
Today a handful of us gathered in Dubuque’s Washington Park for our public witness on Hiroshima Day.
One aspect of the bombing of Hiroshima, and 3 days later Nagasaki, we reviewed, was that the bombings were a lesson for Russia, more than the submission of Japan, a government that had been trying to surrender.
“For its legacy to all is death, disease and decay.” How do people not understand that?
Took them another week until the Imperial Army was dragged kicking and screaming to the surrender table. The goal was unconditional surrender. Those were different days, different kind of war.
Today the most powerful military in the world unleashes war on a bunch guys with assault rifles and those guys are still there 15 years later. Lat year the US Air Force was complaining they were running out of missiles and bombs, having dropped more than 20,000 of them on ISIS (or whatever their name is these days). Them pilots must be lousy shots.
Naah, just too many civilians to absorb the shrapnel. The Military-Industrial-Congressional-Complex doesn’t really care where they are dropped, as long as they are. They just love going to the bank with the money made resupplying them.
*Smedley was right, “War is a racket.”
*The MICC and the Oilagarchy sell weapons to all sides of every conflict, as long as they have the cash, or perks like handing over the country to be despoiled.
As Tom Leherer put so aptly back in the 60’s…
“Once the rockets go up, who cares where they come down,
‘That’s not my department’ says Werner von Braun”
The Bomb was a warning to Russia, reeling from their loss of 20 million War Dead, that there was a New Sheriff in Town, and his name was Uncle Sam.