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This letter is in response to the articles covering the Fukushima disaster in Japan and the 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bomb dropped on 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 we 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 terrible disaster that occurred in Japan no government officials are ever held accountable with what only can be described as criminal negligence. It is somewhat satisfying to see that three former executives of the Tokyo Electric Power Company will face trial. The same needs to happen in the United States especially as it pertains to the financial meltdown that occurred in 2008.

Rousseau's treatise on the social contract suggests 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.” {Wikipedia}. Hence the existence of government and the number one priority; protection of its citizens. Sadly this is happening less and less to the point where government is compromising {and hence forfeiting} the right to govern. The question before the Japanese people 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 the Japanese people need to reexamine the character {or lack thereof} of it’s governing officials and put systems in place that prevent this type of negligence from continuing to occur. It is obvious from the revolutions sweeping the Arab nations that leaders chose to squeeze everything they could from their citizens until it was too late. Hosni Mubarak, Zine El Abidine, Ben Ali and soon Bashar al-Assad must all be executed {just as Muammar Gaddafi} for crimes against humanity. Japan, now it is your turn to make change. Enough with FUK-U-SHIMA.

Now as to 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bomb dropped on Hiroshima; it was fully justified. The Japanese people had become so barbaric in nature that only a Sodom/Gomorrah type blast could shake Emperor Hirohito {half man- half-god} to order the military to surrender. After Nagasaki the next target was Tokyo. Hirohito spoke wisely when he stated "if we don't surrender now they {USA} will obliterate us from the Earth."

"The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara is a 2003 American documentary film about the life and times of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara illustrating his observations of the nature of modern warfare." {Wikipedia} In that movie McNamara admits that the wood supporting the Japanese pagoda homes was so dry that when the U.S. Army-Air Corp 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 people living in China, Korea, Philippines etc. Those same people would not have been crying for the citizens of the United States had they developed the bomb first and dropped it on New York City {and yes they most certainly would have}. Those same people thought nothing of knowing full well that American POWs were tortured so badly to see how long it would take to expire from the pain inflicted.

Yes, President Harry S. Truman made the right decision to drop the atomic bomb in order to defeat such a evil menace of people that became so out of control. The Japanese people should be gracious their military was defeated and their country was not exterminated from the Earth. Fukushima clearly illustrates that Japan has no real interest in protecting its people from nuclear radiation. Not much has changed in 70 years; has it?

Joe Bialek Cleveland, OH USA "Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric." Bertrand Russell

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