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77 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it is time to proliferate peace

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By Antonio Guterres

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Oh PROLIFERATE peace! Gosh, why didn’t we think of that?

It must be really nice to be able to sit in a position of authority but no power and to lecture the rest of us on what how we act to protect democracy and ourselves from expansionist dictatorships.

Looking at the world NOW, not 70 or 50 or even nearly 20 years ago when W launched his boondoggle of choice, one notices that it is the authoritarian dictatorships of the world launching or threatening to launch wars that could incinerate the planet. It’s the authoritarian dictatorships of the world that threaten the use of the world’s most powerful weapons if they don’t get what they want.

And does anyone really wonder what keeps Emperor Pooh-bear, Vladimir mini-me and Round-boi Kim from taking Taiwan or attacking the Baltic Republics or invading the South all of which would result in hundreds of thousands of deaths?

I think most people know where I’m going with this but I’ll say it anyway: It’s the mutual defense agreements of Western Democracies (except for Taiwan) and the US nuclear umbrella. You’re welcome Mr. Secretary.

So if Secretary irrelevant would like to make the world safer, he can start by talking about Democracy and self-determination. Because if every nation has that, we wouldn’t need nuclear weapons (or large militaries of any kind for that matter) anymore.

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there is only one solution to the nuclear threat: not to have nuclear weapons at all

Yes, so obviously the 5 countries which are allowed to have nuclear weapons as per the provisions of the NPT are going to voluntarily give them up. And the 4 countries which are not signatories of the NPT or withdrew from the NPT will follow in the interests of humanity and then we can all live peacefully ever after.

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32 yeas ago I attended the ceremony as an invited guest and having no Japanese language at that time and not knowing anyone who had endured the bombing it made it difficult to fully comprehend this tragedy.

However, after moving here, I met a few survivors and their stories were heart wrenching. One lady, she had been a little girl in Nagasaki when the bomb was dropped. All she could recount was running for her life with her mother and they did not stop until they were out of breath, and she had witnessed so many people dead and alive whose bodies suffered severe burns all over their bodies.

This memorial each year is a reminder that nuclear bombs not only kill but the after effects remain for many years after. Prayers for world peace.

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“ Once again, humanity is playing with a loaded gun. We are one mistake, one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from Armageddon.

It is unacceptable for states in possession of nuclear weapons to admit the possibility of nuclear war, which would spell the end of humanity. “

… and to think that he’s not being overdramatic …

” Today, we are in danger of forgetting the lessons of 1945. “ – Powerful line;

“ In the end, there is only one solution to the nuclear threat: not to have nuclear weapons at all. This means opening every avenue of dialogue, diplomacy and negotiation to ease tensions and eliminate these deadly weapons of mass destruction. “

extremely difficult ( if not impossible ) to achieve that goal, but, thank you for your speech, Mr. secretary-general.

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How many non-Japanese lives did the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki save?

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Im afraid with the world being as it is now, with very cold hearted and calculative people being at power, we can only pray there’s no nuclear war. This is much much more effective that anything else.

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AmandaToday  07:40 pm JST

How many non-Japanese lives did the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki save?

They could’ve bombed the emperor’s palace in Tokyo and saved hundreds of thousand but hey didn’t…hmmmwonder why…l

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Guterres became the first serving U.N. chief to attend a Nagasaki memorial ceremony in 2018.

Guterreres and his Davos set are part of the problem ; exacerbating scarcity, inequality and global misery by their economic influence.

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This is sheer folly since japan itself now actually has nuclear weapons in its possession and or has nuclear weapons at a screwdriver's turn away per japan's politician's comments in the media these past years.

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Why doesn’t the UN start with having the US and its war machine begin mto dismantle and reduce their economic dependence on conflict?

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it is time to proliferate peace

That's exactly what we've been doing all these 77 years. Otherwise we would have been living in a fallout world at the moment.

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@Ashley Shiba

My mother was also a survivor of the atomic bomb in Nagasaki. She was 20 yrs old when she witnessed the blast. One of her sister’s died from radiation poisoning. My mother said her sister’s hair fell out and her skin was burned and peeling. Her relatives outside of her immediate family also died from the blast. My mother had to wash their bodies before they were cremated. Those horrible memories stuck with her until the day she passed away.

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Sanjinosebleed - what are you insinuating? I genuinely do not understand your comment

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GarthgoyleAug. 7  10:33 pm JST

it is time to proliferate peace

That's exactly what we've been doing all these 77 years. Otherwise we would have been living in a fallout world at the moment.

Does anybody remember the glasnost era of Reagan/Bush and Gorbachev? Those guys knew that a nuclear war is unwinnable, we must never use those weapons again.

Ever since that time in the Information Age; we now have cyberhacking, cyberpunk and cyberwar that can disable computers and networks temporarily enough to cause a lot of problems - like disable national defenses, steal industry secrets, interfere with elections, etc. I point out the use of viruses and Trojan horses in the Kosovo War of 1999, the Ukraine War of this year which led to the physical Russian invasion, China's hacking of US industries, the Libya War of 2011, the 2016 US Presidential S/Election, and more. You don't destroy the human race like nukes do, but you cause a lot of problems for others. We couldn't do that during WW2. Things are much different now.

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