Friday, September 21, 2012

INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY-2012

I took this picture above at the Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima in August 2012.

 At 8:15 on the morning of August 6, 1945, the world's first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. In an instant most of the city was in ruins; hundreds of thousands of precious lives were lost. After the bomb, people were mobilized among the ruins to demolish buildings and remove debris for fire-lanes. Many bodies were never found and returned to love ones.

Today, September 21 is "Peace Day"; a day designated by the UN to advocate for peace around the world. 

And yet humanity remains threatened by tens of thousands of nuclear weapons.

Estimates of deployed warheads from what I can gather are as follows:
US-2150; Russia-2427; UK-225; France-300; China-240; India-100-240;
Pakistan-90-110; Israel-80; North Korea-unknown.

The missiles on this globe are enough to kill all of humanity many times; why do we need more? As of December 2010, North Korea’s plutonium stockpile was estimated to be 24-42 kg which would be sufficient to build up to eight nuclear weapons.

And let’s not forget Iran. Today, Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking during a military parade in Tehran, threatened the complete destruction of the State of Israel as the country unveiled a domestically manufactured air defense system as part of a military parade, various Iranian news agencies reported.

“I am confident that Zionists are on the way out and the world will be freed from their existence and justice will be established,” Ahmadinejad was quoted by the Iranian state news agency Fars as saying. “Although Zionists will fail to achieve their goals, all nations should remain vigilant against their plots.”

My only hope is that the international community will take action against Iran. Just last week Iran has admitted to lying to UN inspectors and Western countries about aspects of its nuclear program to confuse those trying to figure out what the Islamic Republic is really doing.

On Monday, Sept 17th, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano met Abbasi-Davani. After the meeting, Amano said it was essential for Iran to cooperate with his inspectors to clarify concerns about military dimensions to its nuclear program. Iran has repeatedly refused to allow IAEA inspectors to visit key sites.

In related development, the U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill to counter Iran’s growing presence and influence in LatinAmerica. The bill, sponsored by South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan, was passed amid reports that Iran has established a Hezbollah terrorist training base in northern Nicaragua and that three suspected Hezbollah terrorists were arrested in Merida, Mexico last week and all three were holding passports from Belize.

The world cannot afford to stockpile anymore nuclear weapons, and in light of all the violence across the Muslim world, Iran must be stopped if we truly want peace. There is no better time than now to fight for human rights, protect free speech, and promote religious tolerance and respect.

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