Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue : Promising to fight for elimination of nuclear weapons

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NAGASAKI — Mayor Tomihisa Taue marked the 62nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city on Thursday by saying in a peace declaration that Japan should enact its three non-nuclear principles into law.

Taue, who was elected mayor of Nagasaki after the fatal shooting of Mayor Itcho Ito earlier this year, said that the world is “facing a crisis in terms of the breakdown of the very structure of nuclear non-proliferation.”

This is because India, Pakistan and North Korea have taken up nuclear arms in addition to the nuclear weapon states of the Unites States, Russin, Britain, France and China, he said.

“The Japanese government, as the government of a nation that has experienced nuclear devastation, must demonstrate strong leadership in the context of international society for the elimination of nuclear weapons,” Taue said.

Taue also referred to the “erroneous interpretation of the atomic bombings and discussion of potential nuclear weapons possession” in Japan. By this, Taue implicitly criticized former Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma for saying the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki could not be prevented.

The mayor then added that Japan should bring into law its three principles of not developing, not possessing and not permitting the introduction of nuclear weapons into the country.

About 4,800 people, including atomic bomb survivors, attended the ceremony held at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Park.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in his address at the ceremony that he would do his utmost for the abolition of nuclear weapons. (Mainichi)

http://mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/national/news/20070809p2a00m0na012000c.html

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10 Responses to Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue : Promising to fight for elimination of nuclear weapons

  1. str8shooter says:

    Cool, and I wish him luck. The first thing he needs to do is talk to that idiot, mentally unstable sheethead in Tehran, and while he’s at it, he can talk to the rest of the idiot children in the 4th world who have decided that they want to be members of the “nuclear club” in order to foist their jihadist Muslim bovine excrement on the rest of the world, but as long as they are around and insist of trying to subjugate the rest of the world, the US is going to keep ours, because we’re the only thing standing between them and the rest of you.

  2. verbena19 says:

    Thanks, Osaid! Yours is too! 🙂

  3. verbena19 says:

    S: you already know my thoughts on nukes so I won’t regurgitate them. (My feeling is that everyone should be seriously negotiating nuclear disarmament. The US could be a leader in this instead of helping some of the other dubious countries obtaining more nukes. ’nuff said.)

  4. str8shooter says:

    V,

    Having spent a good part of my younger life literally sleeping right next to the most powerful thermonuclear weapon ever placed atop an ICBM, you have NO idea how much I would love nothing more than to be able to shove that genie back into the bottle and sink that bitch to the bottom of the Mariana trench. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a world where that’s a possibility, so lacking that we have to deal with the realities of where can we REALISTICALLY go from here, taking into account all of the various factors that currently exist IN this real world, and expecting any of the major players (who by the way, have the most to LOSE by disarming) to simply get rid of them on the hope that mentally unstable asswipes like Achmed Pajamabottoms will follow our lead and NOT blow us up is completely unrealistic.

    You see, I lived for YEARS with the full knowledge and realization that no matter where I was at any particular time that there were AT LEAST 3 (and usually 5 or more) Soviet ICBM’s targeted on my very position, in other words, I spent my youth KNOWING that I was a DEAD MAN. Not only that, but I also had the dubious honor of knowing exactly what cities were targeted by the Soviet Union and with how many, and what type of ICBM’s, so don’t assume that I don’t know what I’m talking about, or that I have any desire to see nuclear weapons proliferated, but at the same time, knowing what I DO know, I also realize that getting rid of them, especially at this time, simpy ignores the threats that all of us in the West face, and the fact that even though the Soviet Union is gone, there are still threats out there that would be unleashed upon the West if we DID disarm.

    Negotiating nuclear disarmament is a wonderful goal, and one that we should all work towards, but like I said earlier, until somebody can convince those mentally unstable asshats in N. Korea, Iran, and a few dozen other places around the world that achieving nuclear weapons isn’t a ‘lofty’ goal, the US has every reason in the world to maintain our weapons in their current posture.

  5. verbena19 says:

    S: It’s not merely that the US is maintaining nuclear weapons, but they’re assisting others to obtain them (India, Pakistan, Israel et al…). Since much of the rest of the world looks up to the US — or is simply afraid of them — the US could/should be very strongly NEGOTIATING nuclear disarmament/abolition rather than INCREASING its arsenal and aiding questionable/unstable nations (Pakistan, Israel, et al) in their nukes.

    The guy in the pajamas is only a figurehead given to bouts of hysterical logorrhea. The ayatollahs have all the power. Whether they actually have the capability to nuke the US is doubtful… Wouldn’t the US — and the world — have been better served if G.W. would not have been so quick to label them as ‘axis of evil’ shortly after 9/11 — especially since they had nothing to do with it — and focussed instead on finding the perpetrators of that heinous act? Not invading Iraq, but putting all efforts into finding OBL and his cohorts and accepting any help many other countries were offering back then, including Iran? But instead, the swaggering Texan chose to rebuff them outright and put the ‘evil’ stamp on them. Why even refer to biblical euphemisms in the first place? This is the new millennium, not the Middle Ages! How anachronistic, archaic, to refer to any country as ‘evil’ …. I can see ‘rogue’ state, but ‘evil’? That automatically shuts them out from any possible negotiations. (Regardless of the fact that they still remember Mossadegh in ’58 and the Shah’s SAVAK terror following the CIA-backed assassination. And the US remembers the Iran hostage crisis. So this hate-on will never end… ?)

    Manufacturing and selling armaments — nuclear and conventional — is a huge business, providing unimaginable profits for some. I guess that is hard to give up, as is the power wielded by those who have the biggest, the best, the most powerful weapons… So the race is on, bigger than ever in our history, and no place is safe. We are all targets. What if nukes get into the hands of delusional megalomaniacs? Where will it end? Is there no hope that we will someday co-exist without all this madness? Is anyone big enough to take the lead — to forgo the lure of power and profit and truly work toward what is best for our planet and ALL its inhabitants? Is there no such nation among the ‘big powers’? (Please don’t tell me any tripe about the US working for PEACE, as even you can’t honestly believe that.)

    You build up your weapons so that they will act as a deterrent to ‘others’, then those ‘others’ get busy building up theirs to try and counteract yours, and other lesser nations get into the act to show their neighbours that they can’t be messed with, then their neighbours do likewise — so it goes on and on until we blow ourselves to smithereens. The only consolation is that then there will be peace in the universe. (Unless there are other warlike species out there.)

  6. verbena19 says:

    S: I feel very sad that you had to spend a great part of your younger life in that situation. That must have been unimaginably terrifying. That’s a tragic commentary on the state of our world. Sometimes I can’t help but think that our species doesn’t deserve to inhabit this beautiful planet, or this universe. We are a despicable, warring bunch who pillage our planet and who won’t rest until we self-destruct…

  7. str8shooter says:

    V,
    First, let’s ( ONCE AGAIN) dispel a couple of bits of mis-information. It was CHINA, and NOT the US, that helped Pakistan acquire it’s nuclear capability. India developed their OWN nuclear capability over decades of work originating in it’s nuclear power program begun in the early 60’s (although there is some conjecture that the Soviets gave them guidance early on). Israels program is generally believed to have been ‘seeded’ with the unofficial assistance of US scientists who were sympathetic to their plight, but official assistance has NEVER been proven by anyone. As to disarmament, it has been our goal for many decades to see everyone disarm (and we have had several successes), but again, we can only do so with their cooperation, and since so many aren’t interested in disarming, we must maintain ours.

    Iran, like Iraq, Syria, and several other States in the region have ALL been supplying, training, and funding terrorist groups for over 3 decades, and intentionally pointing those terrorist groups at US, so it was entirely PROPER to refer to them as an “axis of evil” just as it was proper for President Reagan to refer to the Soviet Union as the “Evil Empire”. I know that many on the Left still refuse to acknowledge Iraq’s role in the attacks of 9-11, despite all of the evidence to the contrary, and that’s fine, y’all can keep your heads in the sand if you want, but the rest of us KNOW what Saddam did, when and why he did it, and what he was intending to do if we HADN’T taken him out with the rest of the trash. As far as why the Presendent decided to call them “evil” is very simple, it’s because words have meaning, and people should once again start USING THEM instead of all of these silly little euphamisms. They ARE evil, and their very actions PROVE that they are in fact EVIL, or are you completely unaware of their record? It is that very refusal of people to say what they mean, and mean what they say, that causes the majority of problems in this world.

    You ask if we’re going to do anything about the possibility of nukes getting into the hands of a megalomaniac, but we just took one of the biggest out and you’re still decrying it as if it were a bad thing. Saddam had almost all of the pieces necessary to restart his nuke program, and was just waiting for the UN to leave so that he could reconstitute it! We know this for a FACT, by his own admission, and by the fact that we have uncovered a huge amount of his materiels, equipment, and interviewed his nuke scientists! Please, MAKE UP YOUR MIND! And yes, we ARE working towards peace, maybe not in the way you’d like us to, but in the only way we can without becoming the worst aggressor in the history of the world, because short of taking military action and FORCING nations to comply, all we can do is entice them by whatever means we have availiable, and if it means that peace comes from making sure that each side is equally armed so that neither has an advantage, then so be it.

    You seem to be under the delusion that humans have somehow ‘evolved’ into some kind of ‘enlightened’ species over our ancestors, while ignoring the fact that we haven’t really ‘evolved’ all that much, if at all. If you doubt it, just go to any pre-school and watch the children while they’re unsupervised, they act the exact same way that all of the other primates do! We’re still the same animals that we were 100,000 years ago, the only difference is that now we’ve developed a better form of communication than our more primative ancestors, which means that we can piss each other off even more, and over greater distances.

  8. verbena19 says:

    S: You are right, we haven’t evolved much at all. I agree with that. Just because I wish it weren’t so, doesn’t make it so….

    As for Saddam, his country was already greatly weakened by the sanctions, so how could he have been so close to anything really dangerous in his WMD arsenal? His links to 9/11 are specious. However, I won’t get into it now. (Having another bad headache day. Got caught in sudden heavy rain while out canvassing with my candidate. Didn’t take umbrella, since rain was not in the forecast. Came home looking like a wet rag. Worst soaking I got in a very long time. Sinuses stuffed up, head pounding, so unable to debate or argue, or discuss, or much else…. making a hot cup of tea and going to bed in a little while.)

  9. str8shooter says:

    Saddam simply had his scientists disassemble the machinery of his WMD program and scatter it around the country to be reassembled at a later date. Perhaps you missed the rather widly broadcast story about the Iraqi NUCLEAR SCIENTIST who had parts of a CENTRIFUGE buried under some rose bushes in his garden?
    http://edition.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/meast/06/25/sprj.irq.centrifuge/

    As far as your assertion that Saddam had no ties to 9-11, perhaps you also missed the following information (please feel free to research them yourself and get back to me with any “refutations”);

    Iraqi Ramzi Yousef, the ringleader of the 1993 WTC attacks, entered the US before the attack on an Iraqi passport.

    Evidence recovered in Tikrit by US Forces clearly show that Indiana born, Iraqi raised and Al Qaeda member Mr. Abdul Rahman Yasin, who had mixed the explosives for the 1993 WTC attack that killed 6 and injured another 1,042 Americans, had not only been allowed to travel freely in Iraq and visit his father’s home almost daily, but that Saddam gave him sanctuary, a home and a monthly stipend as reward for his role in the attack.

    January 5, 2000 – Iraqi VIP facilitator Ahmad Hikmat Shakir was dispatched from Baghdad’s Embassy in Malaysia to meet Khalid al Midhar and Nawaz al Hamzi at the airport in Kuala Lampur where he was ‘employed’. He then took them to their hotel where these soon-to-be 9-11 hijackers met with their fellow conspirators Ramzi bin al Shibh and Tawfiz al Atash. Five days later Shakir went missing until his arrest in Qatar on September 17, 2001, where documents both on his person at the time of his arrest, and located in his apartment in the subsequent investigation indicated that he was not only involved in the 1993 WTC attacks, but also in the 1995 Al Qaeda plan entitled “Operation Bojinka” which was to simultaneously destroy 12 airliners over the Pacific.

    The Czech government maintains the veracity of it’s intelligence that on April 22, 2001, 9-11 terrorist Mohamed Atta met with Iraqi Diplomat/Intelligence Officer Ahmed Khalin Ibrahim Samir al Ani in Prague, a meeting that resulted in his expulsion due to his activities not being compatible with his diplomatic status.

    Following his capture on April 25, 2002 Iraq’s former Ambassador to Turkey and suspected liaison between Iraq and Al Qaeda admitted that he had met with senior Al Qaeda leaders in 1994 at Saddam Hussein’s request.

    April 14, 2002, Special Forces teams operating outside Baghdad captured Abu Abbas, the mastermind behing the Achille Lauro hijacking, where he had been living under the protection of Saddam Hussein since 2000.

    April 18, 2002, Khala Khadr al Salahat of the ANO surrendered to members of the First MARDIV. The Sunday Times of London quoted a Palestinian source as saying that al Salahat and Nidal had furnished the Libyans with the Semtex used to bring down Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie in 1988, killing all 259 on board (including 189 Americans) and another 11 on the ground

    According to the May 21, 2002 report entitled Patterns of Global Terrorism, published by the US State Department, Abu Nidal Organization, Arab Liberation Front, Hamas, Kurdistan Workers’ Party, Muhahedin-e-Khalq Organization, and the PLO all operated offices or bases inside Iraq in direct violation of UN Security Council Resolution 687.

    In testimony before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 31, 2002, former Iraqi nuclear weapons chief Khidir Hamza testified that Islamic fundamentalist terrorists from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States had received training in terrorist tactics at the camp at Salman Pak which included training in assassination, explosives and hijacking. This testimony was corroborated an interview of former Iraqi Captain Sabah Khodada in an October 14, 2001 interview on PBS’s Frontline, in which Khodada, who had worked at Salman Pak stated that the training included kidnapping, hijacking of aircraft, trains, and public buses as well as use and concealment of explosives and suicide operations.

    The November 14, 2002 edition of the Babylon Daily Political Newspaper, which was published by none other than Uday Hussein, published it’s “List of Honor” in which it listed the names and titles of 600 leading Iraqis including “Abid Al-Karim Muhamed Aswod, Intelligence Officer responsible for the coordination of activities with the Osama Bin Laden group at the Iraqi Embassy in Pakistan.” Abid Al-Karim Muhamed Aswod was the Iraqi Ambassador to Islamabad in November of 2002. This edition of the paper was found in Baghdad by Federal Court of Appeals Judge Gilbert S. Merritt while assisting in the rebuilding of the Iraqi legal system, and noted in an article in the June 25 edition of the Tennessean that two of his Iraqi associates remembered Iraqi Secret Police going to great lengths to remove the publication from newsstands and homes as it was feared that it could be used as evidence of ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda following the 9-11 attacks.

    Manhattan Federal Judge, Harold Baer (a Clinton appointee) has held that Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden and others to pay the families of George Eric Smith and Timothy Soulas, who were killed in the 9-11 WTC terrorist attack, $104 Million dollars after hearing evidence “satisfactory to the court” that Iraq provided material support to bin Laden and Al Qaeda, and a Federal Judgment has been secured against them.

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