Grantham Journal Column: Warmongers are at it again

Peter Clawson.

Peter Clawson.

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This year’s three World War Two 70th anniversaries have blown the issue of Britain’s Trident nuclear defence system renewal wide open.

With the globe seemingly on the verge of another Cold War, it looks as if it’s going to be CND and ‘Ban the Bomb’ all over again.

The anniversaries were those of the dropping of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and VJ Day.

Many people, including myself, still believe the first two atrocities were the greatest war crimes ever committed. Others insist that they actually shortened the war and saved more innocent lives than they destroyed.

But most of these only take into account the initial 180,000 or so fatalities. They conveniently ignore the ensuing 250,000 who suffered excruciating torture for generations to come due to radiation sickness and its after-effects.

Although I was never a member of CND, I did attend some events they held in Grantham, which included the showing of the banned film, ‘The War Game’ during the Cold War years.

One revelation I discovered was that a bomb could have been dropped on an uninhabited island off the Japanese coast as a warning first; also that Japan had already decided to surrender on 15th August 1945, without the need for such massacres.

All that is history now, of course, but to cut a long story short the threat of nuclear annihilation continued until the Cold War ended and nuclear disarmament brought the promise of real peace.

Unfortunately, history repeats itself and the warmongers are at it again, trying to provoke an even worse confrontation in their own interests.

It’s not for me to lay the blame specifically at anyone’s door, but if you antagonise someone directly, they will respond, and what bigger provocation than upgrading the West’s so-called nuclear ‘defence’ system could there be?