AUGUST 6 2020 [THURSDAY] – THE HIROSHIMA REMEMBRANCE AT TILGATE PARK – 75TH ANNIVERSARY – 9PM [TWO-MINUTE SILENCE] – UNDER THE GINKGO TREE [BY SMITH AND WESTERN]

THE CALL FOR SANITY – STEP BACK FROM THE BRINK‘ EVENING VIGIL – HIROSHIMA-NAGASAKI 75TH ANNIVERSARY – AUGUST 6 2020 – TILGATE PARK CRAWLEY – TWO MINUTE SILENCE [9PM] – UNDER THE GINKGO TREE BY SMITH & WESTERN [NEAR THE PEACE GARDEN]

 

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The Peace Garden – Tilgate Park [down by the lake and near the Ginkgo Tree]
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Plaque discovered at the base of the Ginkgo Tree [by Smith & Western and near The Peace Garden] – “Humanity, Justice and Peace are more powerful than three nuclear warheads in an underground desert silo” ~ Richard W. Symonds

Dear Mayor’s Office

As part of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki 75th Anniversary, I will – again – be asking the Mayor of Crawley Borough Council to join Mayors for Peace.

Crawley has a rich, and controversial, history when it comes to opposing nuclear weapons. The town used to be a Nuclear Free Zone and had a large CND membership. It is now ‘home’ to most Chagossians displaced by the Diego Garcia US military base. The Council has planted seven Ginkgo Trees surrounding the new Queens Square Fountains in the centre of town.

I am – again – planning an Evening Vigil on August 6th, but seeking ways to increase public awareness of the 75th Anniversary.

 

Yours sincerely

Richard W. Symonds

‘The Call for Sanity’ Evening Vigil

 

2 Lychgate Cottages

Ifield Street, Ifield Village

Crawley – Gatwick

West Sussex RH11 0NN

 

Tel: 07540 309592 (Text only – Very deaf)

Email: richardsy5@aol.com

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Mural by Colin Tickner in the Victorian Walled Garden Community Cafe at Tilgate Park, Crawley

 

HIROSHIMA-NAGASAKI 71ST ANNIVERSARY – EVENING VIGIL – TILGATE PARK – CRAWLEY – ENGLAND. TUESDAY AUGUST 9 2016 – TWO MINUTE SILENCE [9PM – UNDER THE GINKGO TREE, NEAR THE PEACE GARDEN]

 

HIROSHIMA-NAGASAKI 72ND ANNIVERSARY – SILENT VIGIL BY THE GINKGO TREE AT TILGATE PARK IN CRAWLEY AUGUST 9 2017

 

HIROSHIMA-NAGASAKI 74TH ANNIVERSARY – TWO MINUTE SILENCE – TILGATE PARK, CRAWLEY – TUESDAY MORNING – AUGUST 6 2019 [08.15]

 

MAYORS FOR PEACE

 

MAYORS FOR PEACE 2

 

UN TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

 

PUGWASH CONFERENCES

 

BULLETIN OF ATOMIC SCIENTISTS – DOOMSDAY CLOCK

 

HIROSHIMA FOR GLOBAL PEACE

 

HIBAKUSHA

 

75TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI – ICAN

THE RUSSELL-EINSTEIN MANIFESTO 65TH ANNIVERSARY

 

CATHOLIC PEACEBUILDING NETWORK

 

U.S. CATHOLIC BISHOPS AND THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY

 

“JAPANESE ARCHBISHOP URGES U.S. TO WITNESS GOSPEL OF PEACE” – CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

 

PAX CHRISTI USA / ‘STILL HERE’ AND THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY

 

‘STILL HERE’ AND THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY

 

‘UPHOLD THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS TEST MORATORIUM’ – SCIENCE – LETTER – JULY 17 2020

SIGNATORIES:

Science  17 Jul 2020:
Vol. 369, Issue 6501, pp. 262
DOI: 10.1126/science.abd3313

 

WHY THE ATOMIC BOMBING OF HIROSHIMA WOULD BE ILLEGAL TODAY – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

GENERAL LEE BUTLER

“By what authority do succeeding generations of leaders in the nuclear-weapon states usurp the power to dictate the odds of continued life on our planet? Most urgently, why does such breathtaking audacity persist at a moment when we should stand trembling in the face of our folly and united in our commitment to abolish its most deadly manifestations”

General Lee Butler – Former Head of US Strategic Command [STRATCOM] – ‘Death by deterrence’ – Resurgence 193 [March/April 1999] – https://dwij.org/forum/statesperson/general_lee_butler.htm

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[Source: ‘The Responsibility of Intellectuals – Reflections by Noam Chomsky and others after 50 years’ – Pages 85 & 86 – Edited by Nicholas Allott, Chris Knight and Neil Smith – UCL Press 2019]

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The Doomsday Clock – 3 Minutes to Midnight – Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

“A good question. A review of the record provides ample support for General Butler’s plea for sanity. The record reveals that it is a near miracle that humans have survived the nuclear age. Repeatedly, terminal disaster has come very close, usually by accident [equipment failure and the like], sometimes by reckless acts of leaders. And we can hardly have faith that miracles will persist.

“In 1947, at the dawn of the nuclear age, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists established its Doomsday Clock. Each year, scientists and political analysts set the minute hand a certain distance from midnight: terminal disaster. In 1947 it was set at 7 minutes to midnight, halcyon days by our standards. Over the years it has oscillated, depending on world circumstances. Once, in 1953, it reached 2 minutes to midnight after the US and then the USSR exploded thermonuclear weapons, revealing that human intelligence had gained the capacity to destroy everything. In 2016, the hand was moved to 3 minutes to midnight, now taking into account failure to deal with global warming. . When Trump took office, it was moved to 2-and-a-half minutes to midnight, and a year later, moved again to 2 minutes to midnight, as close as it has been to the end during the nuclear age. Not attractive prospects, unless the nuclear powers can come to their senses”

~ Noam Chomsky

[Source: ‘The Responsibility of Intellectuals – Reflections by Noam Chomsky and others after 50 years’ – Pages 85 & 86 – Edited by Nicholas Allott, Chris Knight and Neil Smith – UCL Press 2019]

 

“THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW” – INSIGHTS BY MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

 

A REFLECTION ON THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY – COMMON DREAMS

 

BRADFORD – UK

 

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – USA

 

“VIRUS HAMPERS NAGASAKI A-BOMB MUSEUM ON ATTACKS 75TH ANNIVERSARY

 

“REMEMBERING THE BOMBINGS OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI” – GREENFIELD RECORDER

 

“HUMANITY IS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES: WILL IT ACT TO SAVE ITSELF?”

 

CHOMSKY AND LANGUAGE: THE INSANE EQUANIMITY OF MADNESS

“What seems to me a very, in a sense, terrifying aspect of our society and other societies is the equanimity and the detachment with which sane, reasonable, sensible people can observe such events. I think that’s more terrifying than the occasional Hitler, or LeMay, or other that crops up. These people would not be able to operate were it not for the this apathy and equanimity and; therefore, I think that it’s in some sense the sane, and reasonable, and tolerant people who should share a very serious burden of guilt that they very easily throw on the shoulders of others who seem more extreme and more violent”

~ Noam Chomsky in 1969

 

“Thinking the Unthinkable about the Unthinkable – The Use of Nuclear Weapons and the Propaganda Model” by Milan Rai [a chapter in ‘The Propaganda Model Today’ edited by Pedro-Caranana et al – Westminster 2018

Milan Rai

Chapter from the book: Pedro-Carañana, J et al. 2018. The Propaganda Model Today: Filtering Perception and Awareness.

The debate around nuclear weapons in Britain and the US has been long-standing, at times fiercely contested, and almost entirely beside the point. The Chomsky-Herman Propaganda Model of media and scholarly performance predicts that mainstream discussion of foreign and security policy will rigorously observe certain unspoken limits. Key historical events and fundamental principles will be excluded from awareness or discussion. The long debate around ‘nuclear deterrence’ and, as part of that debate, the more recent controversy over the replacement of Britain’s Trident nuclear weapon system has observed these restrictions. There has been no acknowledgement of the history of British nuclear intimidation of non-nuclear weapon states, including Iraq in 1961, 1991 and 2003. There has been no awareness within the mainstream of the implications of this record for the debate around nuclear weapons, or for the definition of ‘nuclear deterrence’.

 

“The propaganda model and the British nuclear weapons debate” by Milan Rei [a chapter in ‘The Responsibility of Intellectuals – Reflections by Noam Chomsky and others after 50 years’ edited by Nicholas Allott, Chris Knight and Neil Smith – UCL Press] [“The Responsibility of We, The People” ~ Richard W. Symonds]

 

INVITATION TO THE MAYOR OF CRAWLEY TO ATTEND ‘TWO MINUTE SILENCE’ AT TILGATE PARK TO MARK 75TH ANNIVERSARY – THURSDAY AUGUST 6 2020 AT 9PM

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“AVOIDING ANOTHER HIROSHIMA” BY MADELEINE ALBRIGHT

 

CHOMSKY ON DEMOCRACY NOW!

NOAM CHOMSKY: This is a major crisis. There is been one or other form of parliamentary democracy for 350 years in England, and 250 years here, and nothing like this has happened before. We are dealing with a figure who is out of the political spectrum for functioning democracies. And he has a political party behind him which by now has just turned into cowardly sycophants. They are terrified to cross His Imperial Majesty. He has got a popular base of heavily armed, angry white supremacist militias. There is no telling what he would do. I think the country, by November, may be a different country. And A different world, given U.S. power.

But that is kind of the immediate issue. The reason why this is the most important election in history has nothing to do with this. Four more years of Trump’s climate policies and nuclear policies might simply doom the human species, literally. We don’t have a lot of time to deal with the environmental crisis. It is very serious. Every prediction that has been made by scientists has been too conservative. Each time it comes out worse.

I won’t run through the details but it is a major catastrophe looming. We have some time to deal with it. Four more years of Trump might well take us to irreversible tipping points. At the very least, it will make it much harder to confront this growing crisis. There is no stopping the polar ice caps, the ice sheets from melting, the Amazon forest from being destroyed. Large parts of the world might become simply unlivable. We are talking about potential sea rises of maybe one or two feet by the end of the century. Much more, later. This is all totally catastrophic. You can’t conceive of how human society can survive in an organized way.

At the same time, Trump is dedicated to destroying the arms control regime. Last August he terminated the Reagan-Gorbachev INF treaty, which helped control the potential for nuclear war growing from a European conflict. Now he has dismantled the Open Skies Treaty that goes back to Eisenhower. That is gone. He has imposed frivolous demands to try to delay negotiations on the new START treaty, which the Russians have been pleading for for a long time. This is due for renewal in a few months. It may already be too late to renegotiate it, the last of the arms control treaties. He is now threatening to carry out nuclear weapons tests, tests that would undermine the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, almost 30 years. The United States never ratified it, but it has lived up to it.

All of this opens the door wider for other countries to react the same way. The arms industry is of course euphoric. They’re getting huge new contracts to develop major weapons to destroy all of us. This encourages others to do the same. So there are new contracts down the road for hopeless means to try to defend ourselves against the monstrosities that we’re helping to construct. This is Trump, racing toward this, apparently enjoying it. You can’t describe it in normal—the term you used, sociopath, is perfectly accurate. Whether this can be contained within the constitutional structures of the United States, we don’t know.

Something similar to this happened in the United Kingdom a couple of months ago. Boris Johnson, the prime minister, prorogated the Parliament, closed the Parliament, so that he could ram through his version of Brexit. This was regarded by British legal experts as the worst crisis in 350 years. Well, in Britain, the Supreme Court nullified it. It is unlikely to happen here.

I might say that there is another country that is trying to mimic the United States, Brazil, with another ridiculous dictator, Jair Bolsonaro, who’s trying to be a clone of Trump. He was being investigated by—he and his family involved in all kind of sordid criminal activities, came under investigation. He fired the investigators. But that was blocked by the courts in Brazil. Not here. When Trump fired them all, purged the executive, nothing from the courts. Nothing from the Republicans in Congress. Brazil at least has a thin barrier to another military dictatorship. The United States is in worse shape. This is pretty serious. There’s been nothing like it. There are no precedents that have any real relevance.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: Professor Chomsky, you’ve mentioned again now the lack of safeguards there are in the U.S. to the possible imposition of martial law. But even in other countries around the world where martial law has been declared, it requires minimally the compliance of those who are in charge of the military. Do you see those in the U.S. going along with Trump in the event that he chooses to attempt to declare martial law?

NOAM CHOMSKY: As I say, there is no precedent for this in any minimally functioning democracy. There are countries, many of them, where the military has taken over, often with U.S. support or even initiative, because we wanted to overthrow the civilian government. And nothing like this has happened since—aside from the fascist regimes and war regimes, totally different conditions. There’s just no precedent.

There was, as you may recall, a couple of weeks ago press reports with headlines about how Trump is expanding his purge of the executive, which has almost been cleansed of any controls or dissident voices. He’s extending this to trying to purge the military. Well, there were speculations at the time that the purge of the military might be preparation for a plan to try to bring the military in to carry out something which would amount to a military coup.

The military so far has been refusing. Pulled out the 82nd Airborne from Washington after Trump wanted it in there. They have been rejecting the proposals from the White House for more force and violence. That is why he is resorting to forces outside the official military in his current campaign to set up violent confrontations in Democratic-run cities, the plan right now. What the military would do, we don’t know.

If you look for precedents in Third World dictatorships, it would depend on how those at the colonel level react, people close in contact with troops. But we have no precedent for anything like this. There’s nothing like it. This is a unique situation in modern history, in the modern history of the democratic, more or less democratic societies.

“Humanity, Justice and Peace are more powerful than three nuclear warheads in an underground desert silo”

Richard W. Symonds
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“A strange game. The only winning move is not to play”

‘War Games’ [1983] – conclusion

 

“A MAGAZINE STORY OPENED EYES TO HIROSHIMA HORROR. WHITE HOUSE ALLIES PLOTTED TO SHUT THE AGAIN” – ‘MOTHER JONES’

“Have we as a people any sense of responsibility for the crime of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Have we attempted to press our leaders for an answer concerning their refusal to heed the pleas of the scientists against the use of the bomb without a demonstration?…Moratorium…in order to acquire a basic literacy…to enable the American people to recognize a crisis when they see one and are in one” 

Norman Cousins – Saturday Review Editorial – “The Literacy of Survival”

 

THE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM FOR PEACE 2020 – ‘THE ROAD TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS ABOLITION’

 

EDUCATION IS KEY

 

HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI MEMORIAL AT THE WORLD PEACE BELL – CHRISTCHURCH – NEW ZEALAND – AUGUST 9 2020

 

3 QUESTIONS: JONATHAN KING ON THE FUTURE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS TESTING – MIT NEWS

THE QUAKERS ANNUAL SILENT VIGIL IN TILGATE PARK CRAWLEY – AUGUST 6 2020 – 7PM TO 7.30PM

Yesterday evening we were part of the annual silent vigil in Tilgate Park, Crawley. (Distanced of course.)

It was a well attended and moving event.

Margaret Graham – Facebook

Hiroshima at 75
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The United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima 75 years ago today. It remains an act of barbarism unparalleled in the history of war – and its use was never a necessity.
 
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