Rapidly Increasing Danger of A Nuclear Holocaust


Richard Moore

    Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, commander –in- chief of the
    U.S. Pacific Fleet: ³There was no military justification for
    the dropping of the [Hiroshima] bomb.²


I saw a film, "The Day After Trinity", narrated by Robert Oppenheimer, chief 
scientist of the Manhattan Project. In this film he noted that Hiroshima and 
Nagasaki had been intentionally left alone during the extensive bombing of 
Japan, so that they could serve as tests for the new Atomic Bomb. In examining 
the damage, and the corpses, they wanted to be sure all was a result of the new 
weapon. Afterward they sent in doctors to survey the damage, and they had strict
instructions not to assist anyone, but only to note and report.


From: "Westaway" <•••@••.•••>
Subject: [MH] Toronto Speech Aug 9/06
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2006 14:15:29 -0700


The Terrible and Rapidly Increasing Danger of
A Nuclear Holocaust

Mel Hurtig, O.C.

Nathan Phillips Square
Toronto, Ontario
August 9th, 2006

·   Nagasaki, located some 1000 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, was bombed 3 days
after Hiroshima, killing over 70 000 people instantly. Many thousands died later
from the effects of radiation.

·   Nagasaki was not the original intended target. Certainly, like Hiroshima, it
was not even a major military target.

·   The primary target was the city of Kokura, but it was covered by clouds, and
the U.S. bomber headed instead for Nagasaki. However, it too was covered by 
clouds, and the plane was quickly running out of fuel. But, at the last moment, 
a small break appeared in the clouds and the bomber ³Bockscar² dropped the 
atomic bomb.

·   Earlier, U.S. President  Harry Truman, had enthusiastically proclaimed ³this
is the greatest thing in history² when told of the Hiroshima bombing.

·   But were the bombings and the destruction and mutilation of hundreds and 
thousand of men, women and children even necessary?

·   According to J. Samuel Walker, chief historian of the U.S. Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission

³It is clear that alternatives to the bomb existed and that Truman and his 
advisers knew it.²

·   According to Curtis E. Lemay, the U.S. Air Force general who led the B-29 
bombings of Japanese cities

³The war would have been over without the atomic bomb. The atomic bomb had 
nothing to do with the end of the war at all.²

·   For Harry Truman¹s good friend, Fleet Admiral Leahy

³In being the first to use the atomic bomb, we adopted an ethical standard 
common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages.²

·   And for Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, commander –in- chief of the U.S. 
Pacific Fleet

³There was no military justification for the dropping of the bomb.²

·   Dwight Eisenhower clearly voiced his grave misgivings and twice recommended 
to Truman against the use of the bomb. According to Eisenhower

³It wasn¹t necessary to hit them with that awful thing… to use the atomic bomb, 
to kill and terrorize civilians… was a double crime.²

·   Other U.S. military leaders including General Douglas MacArthur, said that 
it would be unnecessary and immoral.

·   Albert Einstein attacked the use of the bomb, as did Norman Cousins and many
other prominent Americans. But, most Americans were strongly in support.

·   President Harry Truman said he was ³jubilant.²

·   For Admiral Leahy, the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were 
³barbarous weapons²

³I was not taught to make wars in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by 
destroying women and children.²

·   For the Chief of the U.S. Naval Operations, Ernest J. King, the use of the 
atomic bomb was both ³unnecessary and immoral.² (according to American author 
John Denson).

·   After the bombings, the U.S. occupation authorities censored the reports 
from the devastated cities, and would not allow photographs of the tens of 
thousand of corpses and the mutilated survivors to be made public.

·   The bombs that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki were about 15 kilotons. The
average U.S. nuclear warhead today is 100 kilotons, and some are 250 kilotons, 
and some are as high as 5 megatons. Just one of these bombs could completely 
destroy a small country or a huge city, killing millions of men, women and 
children, destroying all buildings, and making the entire area uninhabitable for
decades. All to this would happen in only a few seconds, and most likely with 
little or no warning.

·   In Vancouver two months ago, Hans Blix, the U.N.¹s former chief weapons 
inspector spoke of

³the stagnation of global disarmament…² the fact that ³the U.S. and Britain are 
developing a new generation of nuclear weapons…² and that ³Last year heads of 
state at a UN summit failed to adopt a single recommendation on how to attain 
further disarmament or prevent proliferation.² Moreover, ³Work at Geneva has 
stood still.²

·   At the UN, Blix said there is

³a serious and dangerous loss of momentum in disarmament and non-proliferation 
efforts…work has stalled…the nuclear states no longer take their commitment to 
disarmament seriously.²

·   And only a few days later, in a TRULY incredible statement, the Deputy 
Director of Nuclear and Security Affairs for the U.S. State Department said

³the peaceful use of space is completely consistent with military activity in 
space…there is no consensus about the supposed weaponization of space² and ³the 
Conference on Disarmament is not the appropriate venue for such discussions² and
³it¹s impossible to define a workable ban on space-related weapons systems.²

·   From Geneva, also in June, ³The United States on Tuesday reasserted its 
right to develop weapons for use in outer space…and ruled out any global 
negotiations on a new treaty to limit them.²

·   From Stockholm, the same day, ³the U.S. spends 48% of all military spending 
(2005) and accounted for 80% of the 2005 military spending increase.² Per 
capita, China $31.20, U.S. $1 602 (51.4 times as much!)

·   The 30-year-old Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty commits the 177 non-nuclear
nations that signed the agreement not to acquire nuclear weapons and the ³Big 
Five² nuclear powers- the United States, Britain, France, China, and Russia – to
dismantle theirs.

·   But, the Big Five have now largely ignored their obligations, and the Bush 
Administration¹s Nuclear Posture Review unilaterally withdrew its previous 

·   Meanwhile, both the U.S. and France have developed new ways of designing new
generations of nuclear weapons that skirt the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and
Donald Rumsfeld has talked openly about violating the treaty.

·   It has recently been suggested that if the U.S. proceeds with new testing, 
up to 40 nations would take steps to begin to manufacture their own nuclear 

·   What the major nuclear nations that are now ignoring their previous 
commitments are doing is encouraging many other countries to acquire these 
weapons. And, why not? If the Big Five think they must have these weapons for 
their own security, why would countries such as Iran, North Korea and Syria not 
come to the same conclusion?

·   If the U.S. and China have not ratified the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty, 
why would we expect Pakistan and India and Israel to abide by it? Or, any other 

·   In November, 2004, there was a vote in the United Nations on a treaty to 
place all production of fissile materials under international control, so that 
these materials could be used for nuclear power, but not for nuclear weapons. 
147 countries voted in favour of such a treaty. One country, and only one 
country, the United States, voted against.

·   If you take the $467 billion for the military that has already been approved
by the U.S. congress, and add in additional spending for Iraq and Afghanistan 
and other military costs to come, the total will be well over $600 billion.

·   The U.S. White House and Congress are becoming increasingly paranoid about 
China, but China¹s military budget for this year is well under $50 billion.

·   The American hypocrisy is remarkable.

·   It is O.K. for the U.S. to have thousands of nuclear weapons and modernized 
delivery systems to send them crashing to earth, anywhere on earth, but you, 
Iran and North Korea, cannot have even one nuclear weapon.

·   It¹s O.K. for the U.S. to send a test missile with three dummy warheads 4, 
200 miles to targets in the Kwajelein Missile Range in the Marshal Islands, but 
how dare North Korea try to test its own new long-range missile!

·   It¹s O.K. for Russia to launch a ballistic missile from a submarine to 
strike a target in the Kamchatka Peninsula, 5,000 miles away, but others better 
not have similar aspirations.

·   It¹s O.K. for the U.S. to budget a mammoth $6.4 billion for new nuclear 
activities in 2007, but we all better start worrying about China¹s military 
budget which is less than one tenth the American spending.

·   And it¹s O.K. for the U.S. and Russia to have over 95% of the 27, 000 
stockpiled nuclear weapons, of which some 4, 000 are dangerously on 
hair-triggered alert, but other countries better not plan to build their own 
supply of nuclear weapons.

·   It¹s O.K. for the U.S. to deploy 500 Minuteman IIII missiles on high alert, 
each carrying a nuclear warhead with a yield 27 times more powerful than the 
bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

·   It¹s O.K. for the U.S. to criticize others for testing missiles despite the 
fact that the U.S. has conducted at least 48 tests of intercontinental ballistic
missiles in recent years.

·   It¹s O.K. for the U.S. under both the Clinton and G.W. Bush administrations 
to target North Korea in their Nuclear Poster Review, and spend billions of 
dollars to improve their global strike capability, but North Korea must be 
condemned for their recent test by the United Nation Security Council.

·   It¹s O.K. for China, India, Pakistan, Israel, North Korea and the United 
States to have avoided ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, 
which has been endorsed by more than100 countries, while somehow expecting that 
countries such as Brazil, South Africa, Iran and Syria will somehow feel 
obligated not to test nuclear weapons in the future.

·   So, just forget the 1995 and 2000 disarmament-related commitments by the 
major nuclear powers.

·   Forget supporting the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

·   Forget allowing a verifiable ban on the production of fissile materials for 

·   Forget a moratorium on new uranium enrichment and plutonium separation 

·   Forget any significant steps to strengthen the nonproliferation treaty.

·   Forget any idea of withdrawing U.S. tactical nuclear weapons from Europe.

·   Forget any agreement on the use of space for missile defence, even though 
Russia, China, Japan and the European Union favour such a prohibition.

·   And, forget the fact that the new U.S.- India nuclear deal implicitly 
promotes proliferation, a terribly dangerous double standard and a basic 
weakening of the nonproliferation treaty.

·   What the new U.S. – India deal does is almost completely undermines 
international trade rules to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, and progress 
towards disarmament, and sets in place double standards which will certainly 
entice other countries to ignore the long-standing provisions of the 
Non-proliferation Treaty.

·   The Economist magazine summed up George W. Bush¹s plans in a single 

³What folly for America to spend billions on missile defences, while unravelling
the rules which limit the weapons that may some day get through or around them.²

·   As for the ridiculous, completely ineffective American missile defense 
plans, Hans Blix urges the U.S. to abandon these plans because they threaten 
global peace and security, and are ³creating or aggravating arms races.²

·   Over and above the already long list of detailed Pentagon and U.S. Air Force
plans for the weaponization of space, which I detailed in my last book, and in 
my recent speech in Vancouver to the World Peace Forum, a brand new report, from
Washington¹s Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis claims the U.S. has no 
alternative but to place weapons in space, because otherwise there will be major
gaps in American national security, security which only space can provide.

·   Meanwhile, the U.S. has agreed to sell 66 advanced F-16 fighter planes to 
Taiwan after already agreeing to sell it 150 earlier versions of the F-16, and 
eight submarines, plus 12 submarine-hunting aircraft, plus a large supply of 
patriot missiles.

·   In 2005, the U.S. sold just under $19 billion in fighter planes, bombers, 
helicopters, tanks, and other weaponry, exporting more arms that the next 6 
exporters combined.

·   And now, the U.S. has begun construction of a new $1 billion plutonium 
research centre as part of an ambitious plan to modernize its nuclear weapons 
and build more than 125 new nuclear bombs a year, at an extra cost of $10 

·   Those who believe that the principal threat to North America will come from 
ICBMs fired from thousands of miles away are incredibly naïve.

·   The threat will come from missiles fired from submarines, from cruise 
missiles launched from freighters 200 miles off the North American shorelines, 
from nuclear bombs hidden in some of the myriad of unexamined containers that 
land in North American seaports every day.

·   The real danger from North Korea is not the prospect of it developing ICBMs,
but rather the fact that it has had a 400% increase in its stock of plutonium, a
dangerous supply some of which it would most likely not hesitate to sell to the 
highest bidder, as it probably has already.

·   Given the activities of the evil Pakistani metallurgist Abdul Qadeer Khan, 
and his grossly irresponsible sale to North Korea, Iran and Libya, and untold 
others, of nuclear bomb secrets in ³full-service bomb builder packages,² given 
that most of his activities even today are still unaccounted for, who among us 
cannot be fearful?

·   And terrorists?

·   This is no fantasy. It is in fact an appalling dangerous reality.

·   Mohamed El Baradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said 

³extremists have become more sophisticated in trying to lay their hands on 
nuclear weapons. This is a real threat.²

·   And why would they have much difficulty in getting what they need from Iran,
or from North Korea, or even from sources in Pakistan?

·   And why would they be reluctant to use these horrible weapons on New York or
Washington or London?

·   Or, since Afghanistan, on Toronto?

·   In the election campaign earlier this year, Stephen Harper promised that 
Canada¹s foreign policy, under a Conservative government, would ³reflect true 
Canadian values and advocate Canada¹s nation interests.²

·   But, since the election, Canada¹s foreign policy seems, more often than not,
simply a reflection of U.S. foreign policy.

·   Whether it¹s Afghanistan, missile defences, our new attitude towards 
peacekeeping, the Middle East, our vastly increased military spending, the Kyoto
Protocol, our terribly poor foreign aid performance, or in many other areas, 
more and more we¹ve moved away from traditional Canadian policies, and more and 
more we seem to echo George W. Bush, Condoleeza Rice, and that awful man, Donald

·   What should Canada be doing?

·   We should be leading the world and working with the dozens of like-minded 
states to:

1.      Battle any plans by any country to weaponize space.

2.      We should work with the same countries to quickly strengthen the 
Non-Proliferation Treaty.

3.      We should lead the way in the development of a verifiable Fissile 
Materials Cut-off Treaty.

4.      We should do our best to have hold-out states sign and ratify the 
Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty.

5.      We should work with the International Atomic Energy Agency to help them 
strengthen their verification capabilities.

6.      We should develop in Canada a Center for the Elimination of All Nuclear 
Weapons, and invite Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, 
Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, 
Turkey, Brazil, Egypt, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Sweden and South Africa and
other willing, like-minded countries to join us in all these endeavors

·   My friend Douglas Matten of San Francisco quotes Euripides: ³Whom the gods 
would destroy, they first make mad.²

·   Matten goes on to ask ³How else can you describe the strange apathy over the
daily threat posed by nuclear weapons?²

·   The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists surely now have it wrong. The hands on 
their doomsday clock should now be moved much closer to midnight.

·   The combined events of the past few years are the greatest threat to the 
survival of our civilization that I can ever remember.

·   The breakdown or abandonment of important international agreements, the 
increasingly uncontrolled proliferation of nuclear weapons and nuclear 
materials, the dangerous, belligerent U.S. administration, the rapid growth of  
militant terrorists around the world, the broad dissemination of bomb-making and
bomb delivery systems, U.S. plans to weaponize space and the inevitable response
from Russia and China to do the same, American, Russian and Chinese plans to 
upgrade their nuclear weapons and to modernize their weapons delivery systems…….

·   Surely all of this is a guaranteed recipe for a cataclysmic nuclear 
holocaust unless urgent steps are taken to reverse these potentially horrific 

·   Ultimately, there is one and only one solution: the total abolition of all 
nuclear weapons.

·   There should be not other goal as important for Canadians. We Canadians 
should and can help lead the way to nuclear disarmament. Nothing should distract
us from this task. Nothing should ever allow us to forget Hiroshima and 

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