‘Peace’ Seems To Be the Hardest Word

Reprinted from Bracing Views with the author’s permission.

With apologies to Elton John and Bernie Taupin, “peace” seems to be the hardest word, for both Democrats and Republicans.

This is hardly surprising. The National Security State is the unofficial fourth branch of government and arguably the most powerful. Presidents and Congress serve it, and the SCOTUS carves out special exceptions for it. Back in the days of a bit more honesty, it was called the Department of War. And so it remains.

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‘I Am Not a Terrorist’: Letters From Gaza Children Decry Daily Horrors of Israeli Assault

A U.K.-based humanitarian group on Tuesday delivered “heartbreaking” letters from two Palestinian girls – including one who lost her arm in an Israeli attack – imploring new Labour Prime Minister Keir Starmer to “intervene and help bring about a permanent cease-fire” in Gaza.

“We write to you with hearts full of sorrow and spirits crushed by the daily suffering inflicted upon us by the brutal war,” wrote 15-year-old Mais Abdel Hadi, president of the youth-led Palestinian Children’s Council, in a letter presented to Starmer’s office in London by the charity Christian Aid. Palestinian Children’s Council is a partner of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.

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Bipartisan Support for More Genocidal Nuclear Weapons

Reprinted from Bracing Views with the author’s permission.

Whether the president’s name is Obama or Trump or Biden, whether it’s the red team in charge or the blue team, there was and remains strong bipartisan support for “modernization” and “investment” in new nuclear weapons for America. The new Sentinel ICBM, the new B-21 Raider bomber, and the new Columbia-class nuclear submarine may cost America as much as $2 trillion over the next thirty years while making genocidal nuclear war more rather than less likely.

This is insanity.

It’s time for a different path. It’s time for deep cuts in nuclear weapons. Not only to save trillions of dollars but to reduce the chances of a world-ending genocide.

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Trinity and the Parts Left Out of Oppenheimer

Reprinted with permission from Greg Mitchell’s substack Between Rock and a Hard Place.

Every year at this time I trace the final days leading to the first use of the atomic bomb against two cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in August 1945.   In this way the fateful, and in my view, tragic decisions made by President Truman, his advisers, and others, can be judged more clearly in “real time.”  As some know, this is a subject that I have explored in hundreds of articles, thousands of posts,  and in three books, since 1984:  Hiroshima in America (with Robert Jay Lifton), Atomic Cover-up and my recent award-winner on the first atomic movie, The Beginning or the End.   Now I’ve directed an award-winning documentary. Here’s today’s entry. You can still subscribe to this newsletter for free.

While most people trace the dawn of the nuclear era to August 6, 1945, and the dropping of the atomic bomb over the center of Hiroshima, it really began three weeks earlier, in the desert near Alamogordo, New Mexico, with the top-secret Trinity test. Its 79rd anniversary will be marked – or mourned today.

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