Robert S. McNamara, the secretary of defense who masterminded the U.S. war on Vietnam, calls our situation "Apocalypse Now." In the May-June issue of Foreign Policy he wrote:
On Saturday, August 6, it will have been 60 years since the U.S. exploded the first nuclear bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan, incinerating some 80,000 people, mostly civilians, and killing an additional 160,000 through lingering radiation poisoning, injuries, and sickness attributable to polluted water and destroyed infrastructure. Three days later, the U.S. dropped another bomb on Nagasaki, killing another 100,000. No other country has used a nuclear weapon.
Perhaps not surprisingly, we in the U.S. are haunted by nukes. A recent survey reports that:
Unhappily, among our rulers there is a faction that thinks planning to launch a nuclear strike is not only justified "in some circumstances," but good policy should non-state terrorists such as Al-Qaeda again attack the U.S. mainland. According to former CIA analyst Philip Giraldi writing in the American Conservative [by way of Juan Cole:]
Numerous commemorations and protests are planned for August 6-9. At the four major regional weapons facilities (Livermore Labs, CA; Los Alamos Labs, NM; the Nevada Test Site outside Las Vegas; and the Oakridge, TN facility) thousands of mourners and protesters will gather. Hundreds of other events are planned throughout the US; check the list here. If we hope for a future, these activities are a beginning.