Is Another Hiroshima Possible?

The answer to the above question is clearly and unfortunately  yes.

In spite of the fact that more Americans are beginning to question the decision to drop an atomic bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, our rulers are still determined to wield the nuclear stick. Today, on the 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima war crime, we are confronted with the news that

"The Pentagon, acting under instructions from Vice President Dick Cheney's office, has tasked the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) with drawing up a contingency plan to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States. The plan includes a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons."

Why Iran? One gets the distinct impression that these people don't need a reason, any more than a serial murderer requires a complex rationale in choosing his next victim.

We are living in crazy times, and some of us have lost our moral compass that is, if Cheney ever had one to begin with. Rational people can only shake their heads and be vigilant against the very real danger that our government could unleash the demons of Hiroshima once again.

We live in dangerous times. It isn't just a good idea to fight back against evil to refrain from doing so could be injurious to your health, if not fatal to you and your children. The lunatics are in charge of the asylum, and somebody's got to stand watch and make sure they don't destroy us all.

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