It may do some if not a lot of good if President Obama invite both President Ahmedinejad of Iran and Bibi Netanyahu of Israel to the White House to watch jointly the horrors of nuclear weapons. Perhaps it will do the world lots of goods if the president of France, the prime minister of England, the president of Russia, the prime minister of India, the president of Pakistan and the president of China all join in with Netanyahu and Ahmedinejad and watch a documentary on the horror and the devastation that struck the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as the US dropped the first ever nuclear bombs. May be, just may be there will be a call to end all nuclear weapons.One can only imagine the horrific feeling of the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as the United States dropped the “ Little Boy” over Hiroshima and the “Fat Man” over Nagasaki. The US decision to attend the memorial ceremony is a first step toward a long process of healing. Who knows perhaps President Obama will also make a visit to both Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
On August 6 and August 9 respectably, the United States dropped the first ever-nuclear bomb over civilian targets killing some 80,000 instantly in Hiroshima and some 50,000 in Nagasaki. The human death toll within the first 2-4 months where 90,000-166,000 in Hiroshima and 60,000-80,000 in Nagasaki.
Of course there are many who justify the use of nuclear weapons and attribute this to the speedy capitulation and surrender of Japan bringing an end to the war in the Pacific and Far East. There are those, and I am one of them, who could never justify the use of nuclear bombs under any circumstances and who for that matter think the nuclear bombs are a waste of time and money and could never be used or come to aid a country in collapse of disintegration just like the case with the former Soviet Union where tens of thousands of nuclear weapons did not prevent the collapse and disintegration of the Soviet Union.
I dare to say the same, that Israel with its some 160 nuclear bombs nuclear could never save Israel from coming to tragic end, and that the best security for Israel in the short and long run is peace and reconciliations with the Palestinians and with the much larger Arab and Muslim world. Any one who thinks there is safety in nuclear bombs should think twice. If the US and the Soviet Union dare use the nuclear weapons during the Cold War, that would have been the end of both the US and the Soviet Union.
For Iran, while I do believe that Iran like the rest of the world has the absolute and undeniable rights to develop and use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes I think the atomic bomb will not save the Islamic Republic from collapse and failure and will never provide an absolute tight fit security for the country or the regime, that the only way for Iran to survive as an “Islamic Republic” is to forge ahead and move from a country ruled by “ mullahs” to country where citizens are the ultimate protectors of the state, not an Ayatollahs.
May be the meeting at the White House with Netanyahu and Ahmedinejad may change the minds of both men, and may just may bring this world step closer to safety and prosperity.
PS. One only need to see Nagasaki and Hiroshima now, two cities destroyed by war and nuclear bombs and how they became prosperous exciting cities and see Detroit that was the place to manufacture war machines and how it in tern became a city ravaged by war, neglect, inept politics, racism, run away capitalism. One has to wonder how the Japanese were able to rebuild what war destroyed and we destroy what war built.