President Biden said Thursday that the risk of nuclear “armageddon” is at its highest point since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
The criminal bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki of course provide precedent for Putin’s assertions of the right (though erroneous) to use nuclear weapons in the devolving Ukraine situation. There is no defense of the bombings by Truman at the end of WWII, as same targeted civilians at best to save “warriors.” (At worst it was simply to warn off the USSR, the former ally, from defying America in the post war competition for dominance.) Of course, warriors die in war. The only just outcome from warriors’ deaths in war is that they saved civilians, not that they slaughtered them to save themselves. A greater dishonor to a true warrior cannot be said than, “he lived so women and children could die.”
It is far past time for the US to come clean on this crime and to denounce it as morally erroneous, legally criminal, and unjust. Biden must apologize for it, and admit it provides no legal nor moral justification for any nation to use nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction. Biden must immediately renounce all US policy claiming the right to first strike or first use of nuclear weapons and making it clear that all such use is a crime against humanity and odious beyond cavil. Biden must immediately order all US nuclear forces to stand down from hair trigger alert, and suspend the extant program for “making more and more usable nuclear weapons.”
Biden must immediately direct the State Department to open negotiations with Russia to reinstate the nuclear weapons treaties Obama and Trump withdrew from, as well as address a peaceful settlement for Ukraine. Additionally, Biden must direct the State Department to invite all nuclear armed nations to participate in negotiations to address how to implement the International Convention Against Nuclear Weapons now in force among the nations of the world while seeking US joining and ratifying that treaty.
Biden must ask Congress to convene hearings to consider the payment of reparations to the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki or their descendants for damages resulting from the criminal bombings.
Biden must direct the Department of Justice to investigate whether any extant corporations or individuals who enabled the building or use of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings ought to be prosecuted as war criminals under the Nuremberg Judgment. There is no statute of limitations on war crimes.
Biden must either do the foregoing or he himself becomes complicit in the ongoing degeneration into any nuclear war crime that arises out of the Ukraine situation, in which event the DOJ must evaluate Mr. Biden’s criminal complicity and the need for his prosecution.
The gross immorality and criminality of nuclear weapons is beyond the need for debate. The law of nations demonstrates the law of war abominates such criminal, indeed cowardly weapons. No warrior worthy of the name can advocate for their maintenance or use as same negates the very reason for soldiers of honor: the defense of the women and children, the accomplishments of civilized nations, and the future of humanity itself. All of humanity must now rise as one, and demand obedience to the law of war and denunciation of weapons of mass destruction as criminal.
Finally, Biden must immediately pardon ALL nuclear weapons protestors convicted by the US Government for peaceably protesting US nuclear weapons, including but not limited to the Kings Bay Plowshares, admit such prosecutions were themselves illegal, and direct reparations be paid to all such wrongfully incarcerated people.
Long ago Ramsey Clarke, US Attorney General for JFK noted: “Our jails are filling up with saints,” as the US Government pursued those who sought to stop nuclear madness. Sadly, at the same time the highest offices of the nation have been filled with those planning and preparing for the supreme crime. Now is the time to end the insanity.