The equivalent of over 300,000 Hiroshimas
by Ted Rudow III, MA ( Tedr77 [at] aol.com )
Wednesday Aug 5th, 2015
On July 16, 1945, the United States of America detonated the first atomic bomb in the barren desert of New Mexico. Less than a month after this first explosion, the U.S. dropped two atom bombs on the heavily populated cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. This first usage of the horror bomb indiscriminately wiped our over 100,000 civilian woman, children and old people--and condemned many others to a very slow and painful death.
Others were horribly maimed and burned and scarred for life! There were horrors the U.S. wouldn't even let its own people know about, wouldn't allow pictures in the newspaper.
Since WWII, "the war to end all wars", the explosive power of the combined nuclear arsenals of the United States and the Soviet Union has grown to the equivalent of over 300,000 Hiroshimas! The 8,500 warheads and bombs in the U.S. arsenal alone have a combined explosive power of more than three billion tones of TNT--about 1,500 pounds of explosive for every man, woman and child on this planet.
Dr. James Muller, a Harvard heart specialist and secretary of the Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, Inc., brought this out when he said, "At some point deep down inside, people know the world could explode tomorrow. " Yet some people are just talking about it calmly as though it is the natural thing to expect--that we are going to destroy each other and the World! Stanford physicist, Sidney Drell, asked in a recent New York Times article: "More and more we hear of usable Nuclear weapons, and of Nuclear weapons, fighting and winning. where are we going?--Do we even still remember what nuclear explosions do? Does the post-Hiroshima generation still appreciate the horror of nuclear weapons and the dangers posed by the prospect of a nuclear conflict?"
Dear Editor: Walmart has announced it will raise its minimum wage to $9 an hour in April and $10 next year, in a move that will impact about half a million low-wage workers. The increase falls far short of the $15-an-hour living wage demanded by workers who have launched historic strikes against Walmart and reported retaliation from the company for joining the protests. A 2012 analysis found the six heirs to the Walmart fortune have as much wealth as the bottom 40 percent of the United States combined.
Walmart is one of only a few major retailers that have refused to sign on to the new safety standards after the Dhaka tragedy. The Tazreen Fashion factory fire killed 112 workers and left hundreds injured. The Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh killed 1,127 and left more than 600 or 700 injured for lifetime. And in that shareholder meeting, they haven't even expressed any condolence for those families.
Ted Rudow III,
Obama and Walmart
Dear Editor: Walmart is one of only a few major retailers that have refused to sign on to new safety standards that came out after a garment factory collapsed last year in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 1,129 people.
Despite a spotty record on labor issues, President Barack Obama's visit Friday to the Walmart in Mountain View was the first ever by a sitting president to a Walmart store -- the world's largest retailer. It raised the ire of some labor advocates who have long criticized the retailer for low wages and importing goods from China rather than buying from U.S. manufacturers. They protested alongside environmentalists demanding a halt to the Keystone XL pipeline on a street outside the Fairmont Hotel on Thursday. Yet the same cost-saving motivations that have led Walmart have cut corners on labor.
Ted Rudow III,
Dear Editor: America is hooked on war, and although some Americans might not realize that, you can be sure the rest of the world does, as it looks at Afghanistan, Iraq and other places around the world where the U.S. has fought wars, threatened to fight wars, sent armed forces or launched missiles in their stead. They're so ignorant of the rest of the world, the last thing they need to be doing is meddling in Afghanistan and Iraq. As the old saying goes, "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
It's incredible that the governments of the world are on track to invest nearly a trillion dollars a year in killing people. You can't tell me that much is spent on weapons for "defense" and "self-protection." War is profit to many U.S. weapons makers and manufacturers, who make enormous amounts of money selling arms and material not only to the U.S. government but also to many others around the world.
They call them terrorists because the world hates. It seems to me that people who kill others without proof of their guilt, or even without being sure who they're killing, are terrorists themselves.
Ted Rudow III,
Traumatized Gaza children
The United Nations estimates at least 373,000 Palestinian children require direct and specialised psychosocial support. And based on the total number of adults killed, there may be up to 1,500 children orphaned. Gazan children's right to education has also been severely compromised, with at least 25 schools reportedly damaged so severely that they can no longer be used. The future of Palestinian children in Gaza is extraordinarily bleak.
"The entire population has experienced a deep form of trauma, and there isn't a single family in Gaza who hasn't experienced personally death, injury, the loss of their home. The psychological toll that has on a people, it just cannot be overestimated, and especially on children. I've met children who have experienced extraordinary wounds, who have watched as family members were dismembered before their eyes, obliterated." -- Pernille Ironside, chief of UNICEF's Gaza field office.
The Palestinians are broken by the violence they have been up against for so many years.
Ted Rudow III, MA
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Hideous. Sadistic. Vicious. Murderous. That is how Noam Chomsky describes Israel’s 29-day offensive in Gaza that killed nearly 1,900 people and left almost 10,000 people injured. Chomsky has written extensively about the Israel/Palestine conflict for decades. It’s another one of the periodic Israeli exercises in what they delicately call "mowing the lawn". That means shooting fish in the pond, to make sure that the animals stay quiet in the cage that you’ve constructed for them, after which you go to a period of what’s called "ceasefire".
"In the Occupied Territories, what Israel is doing is much worse than apartheid," Chomsky says. "To call it apartheid is a gift to Israel, at least if by 'apartheid' you mean South African-style apartheid. What’s happening in the Occupied Territories is much worse. There’s a crucial difference. The South African Nationalists needed the black population. That was their workforce. … The Israeli relationship to the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is totally different. They just don’t want them. They want them out, or at least in prison."
"An eye for an eye" has always been the motto of those who live under the Mosaic Law--injury for injury, injustice for injustice, death for death. There was love and mercy and forgiveness even under the Mosaic Law, but those who practice it today have focused on justice and judgment rather than mercy and forgiveness, and their justice has become injustice and their judgment has become the slaughter of the innocent and the butchery of the helpless.
Ted Rudow III, MA
Palo Alto, CA
What if situation in Gaza were reversed?
Gaza is controlled completely, like the West Bank, because it is totally surrounded by Israel. Israel could not be imposing the kind of chokehold it has on Gaza if it were not surrounding; if its military were not surrounding Gaza, and not just on the territory, but also on the air, on the sea. No one there can make a move without coming into contact with the Israeli IDF; you know, outside this imprisoned area where Gazans live.
What if the situation were reversed, and the Jewish population were locked into, were told, "Here, you have less than 2 percent of Palestine, so now behave. No more resistance. And let us deal with the rest"? Is there any Jew who would have said this is a reasonable proposition, that we cease our resistance, we cease our effort to establish a Jewish state, at least on one-half of Palestine, which is authorised by the U.N.?
"Hamas is no more a 'terror organisation' ... than the Zionist movement was during its struggle for a Jewish homeland. In the late 1930s and 1940s, parties within the Zionist movement resorted to terrorist activities for strategic reasons." “The fact is that Israel had, pre-state -- in its pre-state stage, several terrorist groups that did exactly what Hamas does today." Henry Siegman
Ted Rudow III, MA
Palo Alto, CA, USA
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