Aug. 3, 2007 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet 307th weekly vigil and leaflet

NO MORE HIROSHIMAS!

Hiroshima Never Again!

 

    On August 6, 1945 the U.S. dropped a uranium atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.  Three days later the U.S. dropped a plutonium atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki.  Two blinding flashes of light, heat and radiation resulted in an ultimate toll of more than two hundred thousand people killed.

 

     The Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs, each between 12 and 22 kilotons (thousands of tons of TNT equivalent) are tiny by today's standards.  There are weapons in the U.S. and world's arsenal thousands of times more powerful.

 

     It is a commonly believed myth that the bombs were dropped to end the war, but many top U.S. military leaders of the day said that the outcome of the war was clear.  Here are some of the military leaders words:

 

"…Japan was already defeated and… dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary…"

General Dwight David Eisenhower (Eisenhower, Mandate for Change, pp. 312-313)

 

"Use of the bomb was completely unnecessary from a military point of view."

General Douglass MacArthur (James, The Years of MacArthur, p. 775)

 

"Mr. President, this would violate every Christian ethic I have ever heard of and all known laws of war.  It would be an attack on the noncombatant population of the enemy…  My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages."

Admiral William D. Leahy (Leahy, I Was There, p. 440-441)

 

     U.S policy of threatening to use nuclear weapons in an attack on Iran makes clear that our government leaders would be willing to commit crimes against humanity, and genocide again.

What is needed is a determined citizen voice rejecting war as a solution to anything.  Violence only escalates violence.

 

Join the public witness on August 6, 2007 in Hilo to affirm that peace is the way to peace.   A peace vigil to "Remember Hiroshima & Nagasaki" will be held from 4-5:30 PM at the Hilo Bayfront intersection of Pauahi St. and Kamehameha Ave.  Pass the word among family and friends.  Bring a sign for peace if you can.  Mahalo.

 

OUR DOWNFALL IS TO FORGET!

 

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination: anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, etc. 5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB `Ola`a (Kurtistown), Hawai`i   96760. Phone (808) 966-7622.  Email ja@interpac.net   http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil (August 3, 2007 – 307th week) –Friday 3:30 - 5PM downtown Post Office

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