From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima, Arjun Makhijani _ on Anti-War Progressive Teach-in
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From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima, Arjun Makhijani
Disarmament is more urgently needed now that nuclear weapons have spread far beyond the original weapons states and there are even voices in Japan today that call for nuclear weapons. And Makhijani shows that we can only find the path back from the abyss if we are clear and honest about how nuclear weapons were invented and first used. And there is much information in this talk that has been shunned or kept secret.
Questions raised in this talk are: Why was the US fleet moved from San Diego to Pearl Harbor? Does the Japanese attack have anything to do with the US oil embargo? What were the original goals of the Manhattan Project and why and when were they changed? And who was in charge of this secret program when even the US Vice President or the generals responsible for WWII did not know.
In common history Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima represent the beginning and the end events of World War II suggesting that the attack on Pearl Harbor forced the US into war and the bombing of Hiroshima saved the lives of up to one million US soldiers who might have been killed in an invasion of Japan. With help from long ignored or classified information Arjun Makhijani re-analyzes both events. This talk, given to Nuke Free Now in August 2012 near the Los Alamos Weapons Lab, presents thought provoking information about why and how nuclear weapons were developed and who really was in control of their use.
Makhijani asks how it had been possible to exclude almost all military and civilian leaders of the WWII war effort from the Pentagon to the US government, including even the Vice President, and all but a handful of members of Congress, from knowing about and influencing the Manhattan Project.
Among the few in charge was the engineer and inventor Vannevar Bush. He was the first presidential science advisor and coordinated around 6,000 scientists working on war technologies. Bush was director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD) in the Roosevelt White House, the very organization that initiated the Manhattan Project.
Makhijani, originally from Mumbai, India, holds a Ph.D. in engineering with focus on nuclear fusion from the University of California, Berkeley. He has written books and articles on the nuclear fuel cycle, weapons production, testing, workers’ exposure to radiation and nuclear waste. He also wrote the ground breaking book: Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy, the first analysis of a transition to a U.S. economy based completely on renewable energy. Makhijani is President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, the website is IEER.org and has over three decades of activism for disarmament.
From a TUC Radio Presentation. Thanks to KEXP, Seattle, program host Mike McCormick for giving me the audio for this program. Recorded at the Nuke Free Now Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
This show was broadcast on August 8, 2016.
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