Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Do as we say, not as we nuke. Yo Joe!
HBO Films is showing a new documentary on the U.S.'s nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Thank goodness -- it's a chapter of recent history that is being rapidly forgotten. In a CNN piece, the head of HBO's documentary division stresses that such a film faces hurdles in circulation. No kidding! I'm glad this made it onto the air.
It's disgusting how many Americans ignore the fact that ours is the only country to have used nuclear weapons on human beings. Twice. And it didn't have to happen. Furthermore, the bombings were not just "a bad thing" this government did in its past, but a foundation for American supremacy in the post-WWII world. Yet we dare to lecture "rogue" nations on trying to have, wanting to have, thinking about having, and talking about wanting to have weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. has them and has used them! So long as a good part of the American public is convinced by arguments like "That's OK, we're the good guys!", we are in desperate need of films like this one.