“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.
3 Aug 2012