No More Hiroshima’s!

“The trouble with Australian politics is that you only see the tip of the ice cube”
— Gore Vidal

In March 2003 the Coalition of the Willing (US, UK, Ger, Fr, Saudi Arabia, Australia et al) unleashed 7 Hiroshima’s on Iraq. They destroyed whole villages and towns – they wiped out Fallujah. They randomly assaulted and killed innocents. This was the Bush Jnr’s war to follow on Bush Snr’s attempt to subdue resistance to empire.

In 2000 Grozny was the epicenter of fighting after the outbreak of the Second Chechen War, which caused thousands of fatalities. During the early phase of the Russian siege on Grozny on October 25, 1999, Russian forces launched five SS-21 ballistic missiles at the crowded central bazaar and a maternity ward, killing more than 140 people and injuring hundreds. During the massive shelling of the city that followed, most of the Russian artillery were directed toward the upper floors of the buildings; although this caused massive destruction of infrastructure, civilian casualties were much less than in the first battles.

The enormous scale of the devastation prompted numerous comparisons with Hiroshima… from Wikipedia.

Last night, Friday 3rd august 2012, the Rally for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament group held a remember Hiroshima and remembering Fukushima vigil in King George Sq  Brisbane.

Speakers spoke about Fukushima
– how and why did it happen – the final report by the japanese government panel on the Fukushma Dai-ichi plant revealed that neither the government nor the operator tokyo electric power co (tepco) did enough to protect the plant from earthquakes and other natural disasters.

What is worse is that the report also says those issues are yet to be resolved. ” prime minister Noda has accepted the report and acknowledged changes will have to made. ‘ ‘we take it seriously,’ Noda said of the report” [information daily 26.7.2012]

Question is – can he/should he be taken seriously – judging by what we know of the decades long record of the nuclear industry – it’s doubtful – only time will tell.

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Meanwhile Saudi spy chief, Prince Bandar  has been killed in bomb attack in Riyadh.

The bomb attack was carried out in central Riyadh on July 22, three days after a similar explosion in Damascus killed the Syrian defense minister and President Bashar al-Assad’s brother in law.

Bandar was appointed head of the Ri’āsat Al-Istikhbārāt Al-’Āmah, the oil kingdom’s primary intelligence agency, in early July. He earlier served as Saudi ambassador to the United States and secretary general of the National Security Council.

In his present function, Bandar organized a meeting with Syrian defector Brigadier General Manaf Tlas, formerly a confidante of President Assad’s and one of the highest ranking Sunni officers in the Syrian army who fled to Turkey last month.

Saudi Arabia has strongly supported the largely Sunni uprising in Syria against the secular Ba’athist regime of Bashar Assad. The extent of Saudi involvement is clear. David Ignatius suggested in The Washington Post last week that the kingdom, in collaboration with neighboring Qatar, is “providing money and weapons” while other rebel sympathizers in the region, including Jordan, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, are “providing intelligence support on the ground.”

More Hiroshimas do seem likely, or more accurately ‘more napalm-ings of Tokyos’ seem probable.

The question is how to stop it?

One thing is for sure, the resignation of Koffi Annan yesterday as UN peace envoy to Syria does not achieve anything.

Ian Curr
3 Aug 2012

3 thoughts on “No More Hiroshima’s!

  1. Ray Bergmann says:

    At the G20 meeting in June, after meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, Putin made a sudden harsh statement to the press:

    “In 2001 I, as the President of the Russian Federation and the supreme commander, deemed it advantageous to withdraw the radio-electronic center Lourdes from Cuba. In exchange for this, George Bush, the then U.S. president, has assured me that this decision would become the final confirmation that the Cold War was over and both of our states, getting rid of the relics of the Cold War, will start building a new relationship based on cooperation and transparency. In particular, Bush convinced me that the U.S. missile defense system will never be deployed in Eastern Europe.

    The Russian Federation has fulfilled all terms of the agreement. And even more. I shut down not only the Cuban Lourdes but also Kamran in Vietnam. I shut them down because I gave my word of honor. I, like a man, kept my word. What have the Americans done? The Americans are not responsible for their own words. It is no secret that in recent years, the U.S. created a buffer zone around Russia, involving in this process not only the countries of Central Europe, but also the Baltic states, Ukraine and the Caucasus. The only response to this could be an asymmetric expansion of the Russian military presence abroad, particularly in Cuba. In Cuba, there are convenient bays for our reconnaissance and warships, a network of the so-called “jump airfields.” With the full consent of the Cuban leadership, on May 11 of this year, our country has not only resumed work in the electronic center of Lourdes, but also placed the latest mobile strategic nuclear missiles “Oak” on the island. They did not want to do it the amicable way, now let them deal with this,” Putin said. (NOTE: of the 16 military bases operating in the Soviet era today there is only one left – Tartus in Syria, or two, if we consider the base in Sevastopol. Russia is clearly alarmed by NATO’s growing aggressiveness! And China is astonished that Australia would allow cities like Darwin, Brisbane and Perth to become US military bases!)

  2. On the situation in Syria it seems the imperialist forces undertook premature escalation and misunderstood the ability of the Baath Party to hold its influence on government and the army.
    From what I can gather the insurgents have lost their ability to coordinate activity and this has made them very vulnerable to the army which is using its better strength and weapons to push them out of the cities.
    The second weakness seems to be that they are using fighters not from the cities they are attempting to take over.
    The government still seems to command support or at least indifference in these centres.
    Does this mean that the external forces will up the anti?

  3. Ray Bergmann says:

    Why Kofi Annan had enough over Syria

    “The resolution (calling for a government of national unity) was a disaster, and it is no wonder that in explaining his resignation (in a Financial Times article on Friday) Annan highlighted the security council’s failure to endorse the Geneva recommendations. Annan remains too much of a diplomat to take sides openly but his disappointment with the big western states for their “finger-pointing and name-calling” of Russia and China over Syria is clear.”

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