On the occasion of the 71st anniversary of the first use of a nuclear weapon against human beings, the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) calls on Canadians to go all out to make Canada a zone for peace that stands against all U.S. imperialist war preparations and gets Canada out of NATO and NORAD.
CPC(M-L) calls on Canadians to be on alert to the manoeuvres of the U.S. ruling elite to unite its warring factions behind a Hillary Clinton war president with their own program to “make America great again.” The biggest efforts of the U.S. establishment and its allies at this time are to block the resistance movements of the people, especially their political mobilization for democratic rights and against war and aggression, in particular against U.S. preparations for a third world war. On the anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, CPC(M-L) emphasizes the internationalist duty of Canadians to ensure Canada is not a factor for war as well as to directly oppose the election of a war president and the acceleration of war preparations in the U.S.
To this day the U.S. claims that its actions on the morning of August 6, 1945, when it dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima and on August 9 when it dropped a bomb on Nagasaki, were righteous, moral and proper. The bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima was made of uranium and killed about 140,000 people in the initial blast and, in total more than 237,000. The bomb it dropped on Nagasaki was made of plutonium and killed 8,500 people in the initial blast and eventually resulted in the deaths of more than 70,000 people due to exposure to radiation and injuries. These unprecedented war crimes had nothing to do with the fight against Japanese militarism, which was suffering defeats everywhere and whose surrender was imminent. This mass murder of civilian populations at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was instead meant as a threat to the peoples of the world, especially the Soviet Union, showing the depths of depravity and criminality to which the U.S. was willing to sink to establish its domination.
Since that time, U.S. imperialism has never accepted anything less than a nuclear advantage over all other countries, fuelling a nuclear arms race and subjecting the world’s peoples to nuclear blackmail. The failure to render account for its actions and the reckless U.S. drive for domination means that this threat still looms large. The U.S. imperialists’ feigned concern for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation has always been tempered by the determination to retain strategic advantage and first-strike capacity in nuclear weapons over all other countries. The same is the case today, with declarations about reducing nuclear stockpiles based on its cynical calculations designed to maintain an advantage in conventional and nuclear weapons, and the U.S. government undertaking a $1 trillion program to modernize its nuclear arsenal over the next 30 years.
Repudiation of the crimes at Hiroshima and Nagasaki contributed to the profound sentiment of Canadians against the use and proliferation of nuclear weapons. This stand is so widespread that the U.S. had to remove all nuclear weapons from Canadian soil as of 1984 even though Canada played a key role in the U.S. nuclear weapons program from its beginning, including in the weapons used at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today roughly 60 per cent of Canadians live in cities officially declared Nuclear Weapons Free Zones. Despite this the Canadian government betrays the call of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Never Again! by continuing to collaborate with the U.S., including by allowing testing of nuclear weapons delivery systems and permitting vessels and aircraft carrying nuclear weapons inside Canadian territory.
As this year’s anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings approached, news agencies reported that U.S. President Barack Obama is considering changes to U.S. nuclear policy in his remaining months in office. Reports say that Obama could soon announce U.S. disavowal of its “first-use” policy — meaning U.S. nuclear weapons would only be launched in retaliation against another nuclear strike — and abolish the “launch-on-warning” policy in which a nuclear counterstrike would be launched as soon as a suspected nuclear strike is detected. This is presented as one way that Obama could advance the “commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons” cynically announced at his April 5, 2009 speech in Prague, Czech Republic. Since the Prague speech, the U.S. has instead moved to seize the gendarme role in the monopoly over nuclear weapons, materials and technology worldwide and consolidate its status as a nuclear superpower.
During this same period, the Obama regime has overseen an unprecedented expansion of anti-ballistic missile (ABM) defence systems inside the U.S., in the Pacific, aboard naval craft in the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean and in eastern Europe and now hopes to install the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in south Korea. The U.S. expansion of its ABM systems marks a dramatic escalation of the nuclear arms race as the aim of such systems is to neutralize nuclear and conventional missiles launched by other countries and maintain an advantage in any possible scenario, including where the U.S. exercises NATO’s first-strike policy. This is a serious concern for Canadians with the Trudeau Liberal government laying the groundwork for Canada to join the U.S. ABM defence system under the hoax of dealing with “changing technologies and threats.”
On the occasion of this solemn anniversary, CPC(M-L) sends its deepest regards to the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and congratulates all those who are resisting on a world scale. CPC(M-L) calls on Canadians to stand against U.S. imperialist war preparations and to militantly oppose Canada’s participation in U.S. ballistic missile defence. CPC(M-L) points out that Hiroshima and Nagasaki Never Again! will not be a reality until the world’s peoples unite in action to stay the hand of U.S. imperialism. Now is the time for peace- and justice-loving Canadians to build the organizations required to establish an anti-war government that makes Canada a zone for peace.