Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Who profited from the nuclear bomb?

If you haven't yet heard of Link TV, you should definitely check it out. This week, 60 years after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a film made in Hiroshima, 1945, is part of their programming. From the site------
Hiroshima-Nagaski, August 1945
This classic, unforgettable film features the first footage shot following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The viewer becomes an eyewitness to the bomb's aftermath, literally walking through the rubble and hospitals jammed with dying people.
In August 1945 the Japanese government commissioned Akira Iwasaki, a filmmaker jailed during WWII for his antiwar beliefs, to document the effects of this new weapon. With only black and white film available, he recorded stark and often simple, but telling images of the vast destruction, such as the shadows of leaves, flowers and other objects burned onto stone.
The U.S. military classified the raw footage as secret for over 20 years, before making it public. In 1970, Professor Sumner Glimcher obtained the footage and edited this film, adding a factual, eloquently understated narration. Link TV will broadcast this powerful film for the first time in more than 30 years.
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and so, the purpose of war is? The purpose of the destruction wrecked on average human beings is? Wars end, governments shake hands, and corporations, after having already made a killing from killing, can now step in and reap more profit from "rebuilding" and recharging industries like, say, tourism.
Kinda like happened in Vietnam.
Cindy Sheehan is down in Texas, sweltering in 100 degree heat. She wants an answer as to why her son died. On August sixth, the 60 year anniversary of the death and destruction wrought on Hiroshima, two surviviors of that bomb were also in Crawford. From the Iconoclast :
"Hirosima survivor Dr. Satoru Konishi spoke at the Crawford Peace House this morning, along with Paul Ritthaler, a retired United States marine captured in World War II by the Japanese and interned at a prison camp about 75 miles from Hiroshima. Ritthaler was there when the bomb was dropped near the end of World War II."

Both of those men must also have asked the question "Why?" numerous times. There is no other reason than financial gain for a few. The millions of people who suffer because of that war windfall have to ensure that, as Sgt. Kevin Benderman wrote, :"War shuld be relegated to shelves of human history, as was human sacrifice. A beginning step in that process is to develop a Department of Peace. Help humanity evolve. Support it.

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