On 71st Anniversary of Hiroshima, the Fear of a Nuclear Trump

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Donald Trump also recently asked a national security expert three times why, since the US has nuclear weapons, it can’t use them.

Japan marked the 71st anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Saturday as its Prime Minister Shinzo Abe advocated for eliminating nuclear arms.

“We must not have the tragic experience of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 71 years ago repeat itself,” Abe said. “It is the responsibility of those of us who live in the present to keep on working without cease toward that aim.”

The United States dropped the bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, killing thousands of people instantly and about 140,000 by the end of that year.

Meanwhile, U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said earlier this week that he would consider letting Japan and South Korea build their own nuclear weapons, rather than rely on the United States for protection against North Korea and China.

But Tomomi Inada, Japan’s new defense minister and an Abe ally, said on Wednesday she did not believe Japan should consider possessing nuclear weapons.

“It is terrifying that Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s nominee to be our next Commander in Chief, is so anxious to use nuclear weapons.”

Donald Trump also recently asked a national security expert three times why, since the US has nuclear weapons, it can’t use them.

“It is terrifying that Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s nominee to be our next Commander in Chief, is so anxious to use nuclear weapons,” Rev. Robert Moore, Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) executive director, said in a statement released on Thursday.

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remain the only use of nuclear weapons for warfare in history.

Via TeleSur

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7 Responses

  1. I wonder if it wouldn’t be appropriate to ask who the national security expert was and when the alleged meeting with Trump took place. The incident appears to be unsubstantiated, and Trump has denied that it ever happened. As far as I can tell, Morning Joe created the event out of thin air. Has anyone seen any real evidence that it occurred?

  2. Shazia Riaz

    In 2nd grade, in Canada, our class was in tears from a story about the horrific bombs USA dropped. US schools just skim the event

    • Not all US schools “just skim” the event. When I was teaching high school social studies, I would rent EVERY year, at my own expense, “Hiroshima-Nagasaki: August, 1945,” a film made by Japanese film-makers on the ground after the bombings in both cities. It is VERY graphic. I’ve always believed that my students knew more about the ACTUAL effects of nuclear weapons that 99% of US policy makers….

    • Please tell you Canadian friends, Shazia, that the TNT equivalent yield of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was 21 kilotons. That is exactly the estimated TNT equivalent that Israel used on Gaza in the 2014 assault on that narrow strip of land. (see “The Dahiya Doctrine”, Rashid Khalidi, Journal of Palestine Studies

  3. I understand that the US has tactical nuclear weapon in Europe for the purpose of deterring a Russian ground invasion as the video claimed.

    Thus it is not true that the only time US government strategists have considered the use of nuclear weapons is due to an attack by nuclear weapons.

  4. It has never been U.S. nuclear doctrine to use nuclear weapons only if attacked with nuclear weapons. The United States has never adopted the doctrine of “No First Use,” and NATO has always reserved the right to use nuclear weapons in case of a Russian invasion of NATO countries in order to compensate for the overwhelming superiority in conventional forces enjoyed by the Russians.

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