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70 years after the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki: PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow
Saturday, 08 August 2015 09:59

Text by Terry Wolfwood, one of the co-ordinators, from the Women in black

On August 6, 1945 the USA dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima; on August 9, another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.  British pilot Leonard Cheshire, on board the plane with that bomb, described the bombing as, “Obscene in its greedy clawing at the earth, swelling as if with its regurgitation of all the life that it had consumed.”

200,000 people died immediately & within days of these bombings; 70 years later people continue to die from the radiation effects of these toxic bombs. 

Canada provided most of the uranium for the bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki with devastating effects on the Dene people of Great Bear Lake; many died from cancer caused by the uranium.  They gave the southern prospectors caribou, moose and fish. "They were strangers living among us on our land so we took care of them."  In return, the locals helped extract and transport the deadly ore with no knowledge of its dangers. The southerners left the people with toxic waste dumps in their community and radiation ticking in their bodies. Canada is the 2nd largest producer &exporter of uranium in the world.

 

 USA, Russia, China, Britain, Israel, France, India, Pakistan (& maybe others) have more than 19,000 nuclear bombs, many made with Canadian technology & materials. They are moving around the globe everyday on land, in the seas & the air.   Canada continues to be complicit in nuclear development by selling uranium and technology for nuclear energy (which also contaminates the world with harmful radiation) and for bombs. Most of these bombs are 50 megatons (3,8000x more destructive than bombs dropped in 1945)

Canada provides so called & highly radioactive ‘depleted uranium’, to  22 nations for weapons – bomb casings, guns, tanks and other steel-hardening military uses.   Depleted Uranium weapons were tested in Panama & used in Iraq, Afghanistan and former Yugoslavia. The Canada Pension Plan, mandatory for all working Canadians, invests our contributions in the 5 largest arm makers in the world which make nuclear as well as non-nuclear weapons that are sold to and used in many countries again civilian populations.

 

Nuclear weapons and radioactivity continue to threaten the health of all life systems and undermine the security of human society. Wealth and resources wasted on war-making are needed to create a peaceful and sustainable life for all humanity. It is time to call for nuclear disarmament and a moratorium on uranium mining; to call for cuts in our military spending and an increase in social, health and education budgets. Our precious resources and energy should be directed to the creation of a peaceful, just and healthy world.

 In the words of Setsuko Thurlow, Hiroshima survivor, We believe that humanity and nuclear weapons cannot coexist and that it is our moral imperative to abolish nuclear weapons in order to secure a safe, clean and just world for future generations.”

Join the work for global nuclear disarmament and work for peace in your community.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 09 August 2015 14:13
 

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