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Please join us for the Out of the Shadows: Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemoration on August 6th, 2012 at the Japanese American Historical Plaza.
On August 6th and 9th of 1945, the United States dropped the first nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. More than 200,000 civilians were killed in these attacks and countless survivors continue to suffer from the effects of the bombs. In 2008, new studies done on survivors and their offspring reveal conclusive DNA genetic changes and malformations.
Aside from the physical injury and radiation, the most significant effect of the atomic bomb was the sheer terror which it struck into the citizens of these bombed cities. Such terror, unprecedented in humankind, was etched forever onto the bodies and minds of the persons who experienced it. Learn more about the aftermath and effects here.
Nuclear weapons are weapons of mass destruction. We never want to use nuclear weapons again or see others do so. Today, the U.S. nuclear stockpile contains 2,400 megatons, the equivalent to 159,000 Hiroshimas!
Our nation spends more than three-quarters of a trillion dollars per year on war and preparation for war. Our nation, with just 4.5 percent of the world's people, accounts for half of the planet's annual military expenditures. We maintain bases in more than 230 countries and claim the right to intervene at will anywhere in the world under the ruse of "fighting terror" with "all options on the table". This must stop.
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility urges the U.S. to take the lead in world peace efforts and:
The tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is not just Japan's, but it is the world's. Therefore, it is the responsibility of all nations to prevent another nuclear disaster for the safety and well-being of all our children.