The new Oppenheimer film is briefly pushing nuclear weapons – and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – back into UK public attention. However, as you’d expect, there are lots of things that aren’t being talked out.
Here are four ways for you to fill in some of those crucial gaps:
> Join us on Zoom at 7pm on Tuesday 1 August for Milan Rai’s online talk ‘Even Churchill Thought Hiroshima Was Unnecessary’ and learn how Churchill, British and US military leaders, and almost all senior US government officials believed that the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki weren’t needed to avoid a costly land invasion of Japan. Register here now: www.tinyurl.com/peacenews4039. More details below.
> Read Indigenous Action’s article ‘Architect of Annihilation’ to learn about Oppenheimer’s suppression of a petition by 70 Manhattan Project scientists urging President Truman not to drop the bombs on moral grounds, and the deadly legacy of nuclear colonialism: https://www.indigenousaction.org/architect-of-annihilation-oppenheimers-deadly-legacy-of-nuclear-terror/
> Read the Quincy Institure of Responsible Statecraft’s ‘What ‘Oppenheimer’ leaves out’ about the new film ignores the so-called ‘Downwinders’, some of the nuclear era’s first victims: https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2023/07/21/what-oppenheimer-leaves-out/
> Book tickets for Michael Mear’s brilliant new touring play ‘The Mistake’, which interweaves the stories of a young woman in war-time Hiroshima, a brilliant Hungarian scientist, and the American pilot who flew the plane that dropped the bomb. See https://michaelmears.org/the-mistake-a-new-play-about-the-day-the-world-changed-forever/ and https://michaelmears.org/tour-dates-for-the-mistake/
Yours in peace,
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