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Posted by on Mar 6, 2013 in General News

From: The Steering Committee of the Toronto Hiroshima Day Coalition

A statement of the Hiroshima Day Coalition (just issued) which was sent to our Prime Minister,  and to one or two representatives  OF INTERNATIONAL ngos who will be attending an upcoming global conference.  (The conference will include governments of 100 plus countries plus many NGOs in Oslo, Norway, to consider, for the first time ever, the humanitarian consequences of nuclear war.  (The HDC statement relates also to the recent nuclear test in North Korea, which heightens the likelihood  of nuclear confrontation)  We had to move fast in this matter, since the Oslo  conference  will take place on March 4 to 5.


From: The Steering Committee of the Toronto Hiroshima Day Coalition
The recent underground test of a nuclear weapon in North Korea is another vivid reminder of the supreme crisis which still faces humanity: the possibility of nuclear war.
Nine countries now possess about 19,000 nuclear weapons. If even a small part of their nuclear arsenals were launched in conflict or accidentally, no one on Earth would be safe. The ghastly, irreparable consequences for humanity and for our planet would last for generations, affecting even those who might still live.
Four survivors of atomic warfare and victims of nuclear weapons testing, now residing in different parts of the world, recently issued a statement. They include Mrs. Setsuko Thurlow, now of Toronto, who, as a schoolgirl suffered the bombing of Hiroshima. They urgently declare:” It’s time to act. The time to prohibit nuclear weapons is now.”
On March 4-5 representatives of more than 100 governments will gather in Oslo, Norway, together with civil society and UN agencies, for the first such meeting ever to concentrate on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. Canada should speak there decisively.
Although Canada is not a “nuclear power”, it is committed to nuclear weapons through its membership in NATO, which reserves the right to use them, even pre-emptively. All nuclear weapons threaten humankind, all life, and Earth itself. Our country in the past was considered a leader in the pursuit of peace. If Canada wants to safeguard the future of Canadians, it must take a categorical position for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
If we- collectively- the people of the world do not succeed in this task of eliminating these weapons we shall have failed our children and those who come after us: and for those who do survive, life will be, as described by philosopher Thomas Hobbes (in his book Leviathan), “nasty, brutish and short”.
We too say: “The time to prohibit nuclear weapons is now”.
Dr. Vinay Jindal, Chair, for the Steering Committee, THDC.