Facing History and Ourselves: Article by Joseph Gerson

Facing History and Ourselves: Full Spectrum Dominance, White Supremacy, Hiroshima & Nagasaki

“If justice is indivisible, it follows that our struggles against injustice must be united.” – Angela Davis

“The image of these police officers squeezing the life out of Floyd might serve as a metaphor for the way U.S. Administrations have for generations, dealt with the countries many of us come from o- through invasions, occupations, wars, the buttressing of dictators, and the removal of democratically elected governments, among other tactics.” – Edwidge Danticat

Anniversaries commemorating two of the world’s most brutal acts of full spectrum dominance and white supremacist violence are approaching: the 75th anniversaries of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bombings on August 6 and 9. Thousands – many of them Hiroshima school children clearing fire lanes against a possible future fire bombings and Catholics in the Urakami district of Nagasaki – were vaporized by the fire ball. Tens of thousands of others, were burned beyond recognition, drowned in rivers and cisterns as they sought relief or were crushed under ruins of homes and buildings. By year’s end more than 200,000 – nearly all civilians – had died, many of them suffered agonizing deaths. The bombs’ victims continue to die of cancers and other bomb-related diseases to this day. As former U.S. Department of Energy official once reported that the U.S. Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission’s medical studies of the bombs’ survivors, Hibakusha in Japanese, “have been used for everything, including the design of new nuclear weapons.”

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