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Weapons Inspectors Visit Lockheed Martin on Hiroshima Rememberance Day

On Friday afternoon after the vigil at the County building, nuclear war resisters carpooled to the local Lockheed Martin facility. Through art and diaglogue, they challenged LM employees to consider the implications of their occupation.
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A weapon inspector writes Never Again in chalk on the road the LM employees travel everyday.
On August 6, 2005, the United States dropped an atomic bomb over the civilian population of Hiroshima, Japan. Over 250,000 thousand were killed from the bombings and many suffered horrible deaths from radiation burns, radiation poisoning and systemic necrosis.

Recently uncovered historical documents show that the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, often credited with ending the war, were actually unnecessary; the United States had credible intelligence that the Japanese were ready to surrender and were seeking ways to do so without humiliation, according to historian Howard Zinn in a People's History of the United States.

More recently, the American people have been told that wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were necessary to end the war on terror. Varied and credible sources now confirm what peace advocates knew all along: these wars were fought for other reasons than what our government told us. It was not only unnecessary, it has actually weakened any legitimate efforts in curbing terrorism.

What is unknown to many people is that atomic warfare has continues up until this very day. Activated Depleted Uranium munitions are much less dramatic than giant mushroom clouds and people with missing flesh. Nonetheless, the impact of these weapons on civilians is nothing short of genocide. DU poisons environments, including water and land, and poisons people insidiously, weakening people's immune systems, leaving people vulnerable to pathogens, cancers and genetic mutations. As of 2004, the radiation from DU used in Iraq was equivalent to the fallout of 250,000 Nagasaki bombs!

Lockheed Martin plays a part in this genocide by supplying the United States and other aggressive nations with the equipment needed to deliver Depleted Uranium munitions and other weapons used against civilian populations. In other words, Lockheed Martin profits off of the misery that war is inflicting on people around the world.

On the afternoon of August 5th, the Santa Cruz Weapons Inspection Team visited the gates of Lockheed Martin and called on the consciences of employees to consider the implications of their actions.

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The Santa Cruz Weapons Inspections team holds regular monthly vigils at Lockheed Martin. For more information, please see: www.scwit.org
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Other team members draw an outline of a person in the road. This represents the thousands of people who died instantly in the bombing, reduced to mere ash shadows.
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At the courthouse vigil, attendees wrote on paper doves the ways in which they were going to work for peace. The team affixes the doves to the Lockheed Martin fence that surrounds the facility
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One member tries to talk to employees about the reasons they are there. They seem to listen.
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The Santa Cruz Weapons Inspection Team and their supporters: determined for the sake of peace.
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Grant Wilson of Art and Revolution sports his Jekyll-and-Hyde statement against war. One side represents a victim of war; the other is a war profiteer.
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This performance art piece begs the question: how can someone be simultaneously against killing and yet support the war industry?
 
 


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Re: Weapons Inspectors Visit Lockheed Martin on Hiroshima Rememberance Day

Thanks Paloma!
SC IndyMedia rocks!
If it wasn't for your coverage, a lot of people wouldn't know about these issues.
Thank you for being dedicated to an informed public: The first step in the revolution! You help us in our movement- towards truth. Something this nation so desprately needs!

Thank you
 

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Re: Weapons Inspectors Visit Lockheed Martin on Hiroshima Rememberance Day

"Recently uncovered historical documents show that the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, often credited with ending the war, were actually unnecessary; the United States had credible intelligence that the Japanese were ready to surrender and were seeking ways to do so without humiliation, according to historian Howard Zinn in a People's History of the United States."

Indeed? I'd love to hear a more detailed answer.

Regardless, Japan could have easily ended the war by never starting it... By starting a war, the aggressor puts itself at the mercy of those it attacks. Who knows, maybe it was just Karma.
 

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