(Tehran) Amidst mounting geopolitical tensions, Iranian officials said Wednesday they were increasingly concerned about the United States of America’s uranium-enrichment program, fearing the Western nation may soon be capable of producing its 8,500th nuclear weapon.
My Commentary: Exactly! It’s a sad state of the world when more critical thinking comes from satire then from real news! Besides, how exactly does the United States government – the only nation to ever drop not one, but two nuclear weapons, on another nation’s civilians – manage to appoint itself as supreme dictator of who enriches uranium, and who hold nuclear weapons, anyway? The “logic” behind this is so hypocritical, it also comes off as satire!
The following correspondence originally took place upon the Facebook wall of family…
Genaire: Sitting here listening to the only country in the world that has dropped not one, but two nuclear bombs on civilian cities discuss how other nations shouldn’t have these same weapons. Hypocrisy at its finest.
Rayn: American exceptionalism, at its worst.
Rayn: Remember this gem, from November 2012?
“It is perhaps the apex of hypocrisy that the United States, being the only nation to have ever actually used nuclear weapons against its enemy, has deemed itself the moral council on who can and cannot be trusted with ‘the bomb’.” (Artwork originally located here, upon the Facebook page, “The Anti-Media“)
A T-shaped bridge at the junction of the Honkawa and Motoyasu rivers near downtown Hiroshima was the target. At 8:15 a.m., Little Boy exploded, instantly killing 80,000 to 140,000 people and seriously injuring 100,000 more. The bomb exploded some 1,900 feet above the center of the city, over Shima Surgical Hospital, some 70 yards southeast of the Industrial Promotional Hall (now known as the Atomic Bomb Dome). Crewmembers of the Enola Gay saw a column of smoke rising fast and intense fires springing up. The burst temperature was estimated to reach over a million degrees Celsius, which ignited the surrounding air, forming a fireball some 840 feet in diameter. Eyewitnesses more than 5 miles away said its brightness exceeded the sun tenfold.
(Hiroshima 60th Anniversary) “Which terrorist group did that?”
Adam G.: The politics around this are super disturbing: no less than 200,000 Japanese dead from an act of intimidation against the USSR.
Rayn: SUPER, indeed! And, yet, many Americans happily justify this act of terrorism, and the mass-murder of civilians that it caused, as a “necessary” step towards ending WWII. Yet, to demolish that lie: would such an excuse be valid for the Iraq government to use, even after enduring an unprovoked attack by the American military, based on a pure lie? NO, of course not!
(Independent Institute Blog, Anthony Gregory) Sixty-seven years ago, on August 6, 1945, the Truman administration dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, instantly killing tens of thousands of men, women, and children, and causing a nuclear catastrophe that took thousands of more lives in the weeks and years that followed. Three days later, on August 9, the U.S. followed up by dropping a plutonium bomb on Nagasaki.
Assuming the conventional narrative we hear about these events is true, these acts were acts of terrorism by any reasonable standard. The typical story is that the Truman administration made a necessary and difficult calculus, deciding that the lives of about two-hundred-thousand Japanese civilians were worth expending so as to save the lives of even more American servicemen who would have had to invade Japanese mainland and secure victory.