Severing Seven Myths At The Seventieth Commemoration Of The Atomic


Bombings Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki, In Wellington, 

 

On 2 August, At The Peace Flame


www.hdwn.webs.com


Introduction   Myths and legends form the cultural richness of many nations, such as the Maori legend of the North Island of New Zealand being once a huge fish which was caught by a massive hook. They're not for taking as fact, but are cultural legends, unless we're ignorant of the truth. However, sometimes the truth is hidden by false stories, myths and assumptions, which suit those who mislead for their own advantage. This is especially the case with nuclear weapons myths. Myths, like those that glorify nuclear weapons, can be easily dispelled.

CNDNZ lists seven, to easily remember on the seventieth commemoration. They're linked to NAPF's ten in 3. below.

Dr. David Krieger, who's the President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation [NAPF], has ten such myths in their website, with a very thorough rebuttal for each. 

Ten myths and rebuttals in the NAPF website  .....  http://www.wagingpeace.org/ten-myths-about-nuclear-weapons/  

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1. NAPF's ten myths that falsely glorify nuclear weapons


(1) Nuclear weapons were needed to defeat Japan in World War II.

(2) Nuclear weapons prevented a war between the United States and the Soviet Union.

(3) Nuclear threats have gone away since the end of the Cold War.

(4) The United States needs nuclear weapons for its national security.

(5) Nuclear weapons make a country safer.

(6) No leader would be crazy enough to actually use nuclear weapons.

(7) Nuclear weapons are a cost-effective method of national defense.

(8) Nuclear weapons are well protected and there is little chance that terrorists could get their hands on one.

(9) The United States is working to fulfill its nuclear disarmament obligations.

(10) Nuclear weapons are needed to combat threats from terrorists and “rogue states.”

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2. CNDNZ's "Seven Myths, at Seventy", that falsely glorify nuclear weapons


[1] The two atomic bombs ended World War II and why USA could get the Japanese to surrender. 

[2] As individuals, we are powerless to do anything to stop nuclear weapons' deployment.

[3] Nuclear weapons are super safe from accidents and not illegal under international treaties.

[4] Nuclear weapons can't be de-invented and must be accepted as "here to stay for ever on our planet".

[5] No nation would be stupid enough to launch a first strike and start a tit for tat, full scale, nuclear war.

[6] The Dooms Day Clock is a touch of humour from fussy laboratory scientists who speculate fancifully.

[7] Nuclear weapons prevent World War III.

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3. The Seven Myths' links to NAPF's Ten Myths


CNDNZ [1] to [7] with NAPF related topics in curved brackets


[1] (1) [2] (7) (9) [3] (7) (8) [4] (4) (5) (10) [5] (6) [6] (3) (5) [7] (2) (4) (5) (10)

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4. CNDNZ's "Seven Myths, at Seventy", that falsely glorify nuclear weapons


[1] The two atomic bombs ended World War II and was why USA could get the Japanese to surrender.

The truth is that Russia's promised entry into the war with Japan and, USA's wanting to signal it's power to the USSR, were why the bombs were dropped and Japan surrendered. A final term of surrender was previously rejected by the USA, where the Emperor was retained, although not as a God. The two atomic bombs were also a test on cities and medical experiments to observe the previously known cancer risks development in the survivors and their children.    


[2] As individuals, we are powerless to do anything to stop nuclear weapons' deployment.

The truth is that individuals in groups, as leaders and when taking personal stands, such as a letter to a newspaper editor, have considerable power. They more directly relate to other individuals with similar hopes and family backgrounds, than mere organisations.

 

[3] Nuclear weapons are super safe from accidents and not illegal under international treaties.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_military_nuclear_accidents

The truth is that they're never safe enough. The consequence of their use, in a tit for tat nuclear war, is the possible extinction of the human species. There have also been some near launches of nuclear weapons towards another nation, owing to false alarms. For example,  from mistaking a Norwegian weather rocket, for a nuclear weapon rocket firing. Some nuclear submarine captain's have come close to firing nuclear weapons, such as a Russian one during the Cuban missile crisis, under President J. F. Kennedy. Some nuclear weapons have been lost at sea after a plane crash or from accidental release over sea and land during routine transport. In one USA nuclear weapons silo, a spanner was dropped that caused a fire. International treaties, that ban chemical and biological weapons, apply to nuclear weapons because they cause genetic damage, specific cancers, miscarriages and birth deformities plus the black rain fallout from under a "mushroom cloud" makes them a chemical weapon too. A nuclear weapon is a multiple harm weapon of heat, blast, radiation and chemical poisons.  They're also in breach of the Geneva Conventions' requirement to protect the civilian populations from harm during war. A distinction must always be made between military personnel and civilians. Nuclear weapons are illegal when their purpose is to wipe out large cities.


[4] Nuclear weapons can't be de-invented and must be accepted as "here to stay for ever on our planet".

The truth is that the "gene can be put back into the bottle", via a robust, United Nations comprehensive global treaty to ban nuclear weapons and verify compliance. The knowledge of nuclear weapons is all that would continue to exist. The human race simply needs to grow up and live without nuclear weapons for ever, as a progression of civilization. Japanese sages have declared that human beings are unable to coexist in harmony with nuclear weapons. 


[5] No nation would be stupid enough to launch a first strike and start a "tit for tat", full scale, nuclear war.

The truth is that human beings can be highly intelligent but have emotional weaknesses. Fail-safe nuclear weapons policies of nations sometimes have weak points that must be overcome and improved to prevent an accidental launch of a nuclear weapons. The risks are well understood by nuclear weapons nations who take extreme care. However, such incidents, as an asteroid impact on earth, could be at first misinterpreted as a  nuclear weapons attack. This emphasizes the need for global abolition. 


[6] The Dooms Day Clock is a touch of humour from fussy laboratory scientists who speculate fancifully.

The truth is that the Clock's six-monthly risk assessment review is governed by expert scientists' view of global nuclear weapons risks, as well as climate change, from human activity. It's been indicating since 1947 and is a conservative approach, which many on-line readers of it's governing Bulletin of Atomic Scientists' website, feel is not close enough to midnight,     http://thebulletin.org/


[7] Nuclear weapons prevent World War III.

The truth is that  nuclear weapons, themselves, are the biggest threat to world peace, by their potential for the dire consequence of many millions of deaths in perhaps a few hours. At the end of WW1, The Great War, loaded guns were no longer aimed at each side of the conflict. "They went silent" and were unloaded at the breech.  If anything, nuclear weapons deployment is a state of war, as WW3. Nations' presidents have buttons in nearby briefcases, carried by agents everywhere, to launch nuclear weapons. If put in a WW1 context, of weapons loaded and ready to fire at opposing sides, that war would have been said to have not ended. Hostilities were ended with the WW1 Armistice declared, guns were disarmed and the  Peace Settlement Treaty signed. What do we then call the state of global affairs now, where a selection of nations have nuclear weapons, on hair trigger alert, to fire within minutes, not hours, of notice? We seem to be right in the thick of an undeclared WW3, in a  continuing "deterrence" stalemate, with little realization of it in nations. Nuclear weapons depend on cities full of people as potential targets, not vast deserts or mid oceans. "We, the people" need to speak out in opposition to this dreadful state of undeclared war, or else we will be assumed to condone it as if it's just and honourable. That's surely the biggest myth of all time.