A prayer to end atomic war, from the Tibetan Lama Tsedrup Tharchin :
“When the mighty barbarians sit in council of war, barbarians who have wrong, rough, poisonous thoughts. Bend their chiefs and lieutenants, to the side of peace and happiness! Pacify on the spot, the armed struggle, turn away and defeat the atomic weapons. By that power, make long the life of the righteous”.
“Make love not war” (the mantra of the ban of the bomb campaign during the Cold War).
DR MICHAEL ATCHIA
Has our real concern about CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING made us forget the threat of atomic war? Having written on numerous occasions on the nuclear safety issue in the past as well as being the author of the Nuclear Rectangle theory (a major nuclear world war could modify the orbit of planet earth round the sun), I urge readers to join the worldwide campaign of the seventies to BAN THE BOMB, to fight for nuclear safety. It is more than ever necessary today.
At present NINE countries out of 193 countries on Planet Earth possess nuclear weapons (atomic or hydrogen bombs), namely:
• « Russia – 6,850 nuclear warheads
• USA – 6,550 warheads
• France – 300 warheads
• China – 280 warheads
• UK – 215 warheads
• Pakistan – 145 warheads
• India – 135 warheads
• Israel – 80 warheads
• North Korea – 15 warheads »
With North Korea expanding its nuclear arsenal, other countries are trying to get the bomb (Iran for example?). On the positive side, 4 countries that formerly possessed nuclear weapons gave them up, namely: South Africa and the former Soviet republics of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine. One of the greatest fears today is that a terrorist organisation gets its hands on a nuclear device, some of which are small enough to get into a large lorry.
Radiation is the greatest enemy of life, of all organic living things on Planet Earth. Remember the nuclear accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima, where radioactive material was released and affected people, animal and plants.
« In this nuclear world, what is the meaning of ‘safe’? » Consider these pertinent questions: “Since Radiation is invisible, how do you know when you are in danger? How long will this danger persist? How can you reduce the hazard to yourself and family? What level of exposure is safe? How do you get access to vital information? What are the potential risks of acute and chronic exposures? What are the related consequential damages of exposure? How do you rebuild a healthy way of life in the aftermath of nuclear disaster? (Barbara Rose Johnston, 2011). Only a Geiger counter can measure atomic radiation.
During the Cold War, scientific findings on health effects to nuclear fallout contradicted the official narrative. Some scientists were not only punished for their work, they were also blacklisted. American anthropologist Earle Reynolds’ work for the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission was censored in 1953 by the US government. His research showed that ‘Japanese children who were exposed to fallout were not only smaller than their counterparts, but had less resistance to disease in general and were more susceptible to cancer, especially leukemia”
Are we re-assured knowing who in these countries has his (no her) finger on the nuclear trigger? Donald and Vladimir? Narendra Modi and Imran Khan?; Benjamin Netanyahu and Kim Jong-un ? Emmanuel and Boris? Xi Jinping? ONLY ONE COUNTRY: The United States detonated two atomic bombs, over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima (on 6th August) and Nagasaki (on 9th August) 1945. How many people were killed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
The two bombs killed an estimated 130,000 and 225,000 people respectively, most of whom were civilians. Half of these deaths occurred at the moment the bombs exploded, the remainder over the next 2 to 4 months due to radiation and burns. The USA remains the ONLY country to have used nuclear weapon TO DESTROY cities and structures AND INFLICT DEATH, admittedly in an armed conflict, the Second World War; Japan did surrender to the Allies on August 15, six days after the bombing of Nagasaki. The Japanese government signed the surrender on September 2 in Tokyo Bay, effectively ending World War II.
Never again! We must pray for the world to control this madness of making and stockpiling nuclear weapons which if used can ONLY BRING death and destruction of the Environment, making some parts of the planet inhabitable (like the BIKINI ATOLL in the PACIFIC on which the USA detonated its first hydrogen bomb, after its inhabitants were moved elsewhere (like the Chagossians), never to return.