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Fukushima and atomic bombs

This letter is in response to articles about the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant disaster in Japan and the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

According to the articles: “The unfolding disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant follows decades of falsified safety reports, fatal accidents and underestimated earthquake risk in Japan’s atomic power industry.”

Where have people heard this before? It never fails to amaze me that change always has to be the result of catastrophe. Whether it be Hurricane Katrina, the Indonesian tsunami or the nuclear power plant disaster in Japan, no government officials are ever held accountable for what can only be described as criminal negligence.

It is somewhat satisfying to see that three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company are set to face trial. The same needs to happen in the US, especially as it pertains to the financial meltdown that occurred in 2008.

In his 1762 treatise The Social Contract, philosopher, writer and composer Jean-Jacques Rousseau said that “individuals unite into a society by a process of mutual consent, agreeing to abide by certain rules and to accept duties to protect one another from violence, fraud, or negligence.”

Hence the existence of government with its number one priority being the protection of its citizens.

Sadly, this is happening less and less to the point where governments are compromising, and hence forfeiting, the right to govern. The question for Japanese is: Did your government fail to act in your best interests or was it compromised by self-interest? Why must it be accepted that this is “business as usual” and “the way things are done”? When did governing stop including responsibility as a part of its makeup? Perhaps Japanese need to re-examine the character, or lack thereof, of its governing officials and put systems in place that prevent this type of negligence from continuing to occur.

It is obvious from revolutions sweeping the Arab nations that leaders chose to squeeze everything they could from their citizens until it was too late.

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, former Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must all be executed — like former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi — for crimes against humanity. Japan, now it is your turn to make change. Enough with FUK-U-SHIMA.

As for the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, it was fully justified. Japanese had become so barbaric in nature that only a Sodom and Gomorrah type blast could shake Emperor Hirohito to order the military to surrender.

After Nagasaki, the next target was Tokyo.

Hirohito spoke wisely when he said: “If we don’t surrender now, they [the US] will obliterate us from the Earth.”

According to Wikipedia, The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara is “a 2003 US documentary film about the life and times of former US secretary of defense Robert McNamara, illustrating his observations of the nature of modern warfare.”

In that documentary, McNamara says that the wood supporting Japanese pagoda homes was so dry that when the US Army Air Corps dropped incendiary bombs, the fires were so great that far more Japanese died than from the two atomic bombs combined.

Further, it is clear from reading Japanese history that the people did not object to the mass invasions, pillaging, murders and rapes of those in China, Korea and the Philippines, among other places. Those same people would not have been crying for the citizens of the US had they developed the bomb first and dropped it on New York — and yes, they most certainly would have. Those same people thought nothing of the US prisoners of war who were tortured so badly to see how long it would take them to die from the pain inflicted.

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