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Hiroshima marks 60th anniversary of bombing
Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 08/06/2005 @ 8:45 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
Hiroshima marked the 60th anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombing today, with the mayor urging the United Nations to establish a committee to try to realize and maintain a nuclear weapon-free world.
“We propose that the First Committee of the U.N. General Assembly, which will meet in October, establish a special committee to deliberate and plan for the achievement and maintenance of a nuclear weapon-free world,” Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba said at a memorial service.
The memorial began at 8 a.m., with a moment of silence observed at 8:15 a.m., the time the world’s first atomic bomb detonated above the city at an altitude of about 600 meters.
The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and its aftereffects had killed an estimated 140,000 people by the end of 1945. The total number killed eventually reached 242,437, according to Japanese officials.
The U.S. dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki Aug. 9, 1945, and World War II ended six days later with Japan’s unconditional surrender.
But it was just the beginning of the nuclear age – and though no other atomic weapons have been used against population centers, the threat remains as intense as ever 60 years later.
The White House earlier this year called nuclear terrorism ”one of the gravest threats” facing the country. Several top officials have referred to the inevitability of a terrorist nuclear attack.
As WND has reported, Osama bin Laden has spent billions of dollars on the successful purchase and development of nuclear weapons – money his al-Qaida terrorist network earned by directing poppy cultivation in the fields of Afghanistan, right under the noses of U.S. occupation forces.
That is the finding of G2 Bulletin sources as well as the investigative work of journalist Williams, and international terrorism expert Yossef Bodansky, author of HREF="http://superstore.wnd.com/store/item.asp?DEPARTMENT_ID=6&SUBDEPARTMENT_ID=106&ITEM_ID=263">“Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America.”
The vast drug fortune has also aided al-Qaida in smuggling some of those nuclear weapons – along with thousands of sleeper agents – over the Mexican border with the help of the MS-13 criminal street gang, say the sources.
According to captured al-Qaida leaders and documents, bin Laden’s terrorist network has a plan called “American Hiroshima” involving the multiple detonation of nuclear weapons already smuggled into the U.S.
Al-Qaida has obtained at least 40 nuclear weapons from the former Soviet Union – including suitcase nukes, nuclear mines, artillery shells and even some missile warheads. In addition, documents captured in Afghanistan show al-Qaida had plans to assemble its own nuclear weapons with fissile material it purchased on the black market.
Besides trying to detonate its own nuclear weapons already planted in the U.S., military sources also say there is evidence to suggest al-Qaida is paying former Russian special forces officers to assist the terrorist group in locating nuclear weapons formerly concealed inside the U.S. by the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Bin Laden’s group is also paying nuclear scientists from Russia and Pakistan to maintain its existing arsenal and assemble additional weapons with the materials it has invested hundreds of millions in procuring over a period of 10 years.
The plans for the devastating nuclear attack on the U.S. have been under development for more than a decade. It is designed as a final deadly blow of defeat to the U.S., which is seen by al-Qaida and its allies as “the Great Satan.”
At least half the nuclear weapons in the al-Qaida arsenal were obtained for cash from the Chechen terrorist allies.
At least nine major U.S. cities, including New York and Washington, have been mentioned as prime targets for the al-Qaida nuclear terrorists.
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