Damned if you do, and damned when you won’t.

The Syrian crisis is fast becoming the war that nearly was with John Kerry in Europe (here) to try and get together some order to the tatters of a policy and overreaction for the establishment.

I say overreaction, because almost from its inception and not properly consulting of global (as well as local) opinions, this assault on tyranny and oppression is dying a death. Not of course that anyone wants to see it die, (with the possible exception of Assad) but because opposition to war, Iraq, and possible consequences are saving the day.

People are concerned when they get misled and it certainly proves the adage of crying wolf…… too many times……. and again bringing up motives and speculation of alternative agendas.

What is clear is that many of those that condemn what is a very intricate issue, have indeed been guilty of their own atrocities, and non benevolence. There is a mass condemnation of Chemical weapons, and I would say it does not matter…. not one iota.

If I kill you with a chemical weapon, a drone, or depleted uranium, you would not be at all concerned what the method was, your concern would be that your dead. Not how you died, as surely that must be secondary. Is there a good way of dieing?

The idea of getting rid of chemical weapons isĀ  a convenient one, certainly to the largest powers, because they can no longer use Chemical warfare, it’s considered anti social, but any rogue power could……. and it is a battlefield condition that could and would really hurt. Kind of like the playground games that when, if I can’t play I am taking the ball. But is it a serious effort to stop people getting killed? Not really because if we were serious in our commitment to that, we would ban so many other weapons too…….

Atomic Weapons…. You can see just how we came to where we are today and the video by Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto below highlights the cold war and our intended dominance of all other countries. This is a must watch video of testing, but watch to the end and it perhaps will give some a little hope. (make sure you have sound and full screen).

So perfecting Atomic weapons have been a huge priority and culminated in the Cold war periods, but I would suggest if you have a nuclear warhead , why on earth does it need to be a better, bigger more powerful warhead.

We already know what the original ones did, can we now suppose we all this testing that they are infinitely more powerful than those of Nagasaki and Hiroshima?

Chemical warfare saw in 1997 31,500 tons to the USA and 40,000 tons to the USSR and since then because of arms treaties have reduced to 10% (USA) and 43% to the USSR left for destruction, with the remainder ongoing for both countries.

Although commendable that both world powers have virtually stopped testing atomic weapons and are getting rid of chemical weapons, the question is just what on earth would we do with such power and killing weapons. If one weapon of this magnitude does not convince your adversary of your intension’s, how would several thousand that could kill the planet several times over be a logical alternative…..

We cannot as human beings name a war, or conflict that can be shown to have achieved a worthwhile goal or objective, yet, we make arms on such a huge scale it beggars belief. Yet our governments held the widely held belief that having more ‘big sticks’ than the other guy’s made sure you would not get beaten………….

Little wonder why Assad has chemical weapons in the first place, and reluctance to remove them, because its the only ‘Big Stick’ he has, with no inclination for others about him to remove theirs!

The option of course is to ban all indiscriminate weapons of ALL types.

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Nagasaki/Hiroshima By the numbers:

By the Numbers: World War II’s atomic bombs

By Michelle Hall, CNN Library
August 6, 2013 — Updated 1627 GMT (0027 HKT)
An atomic bomb of the 'Little Boy' type, which was detonated over Hiroshima, Japan 68 years ago.
An atomic bomb of the ‘Little Boy’ type, which was detonated over Hiroshima, Japan 68 years ago.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The first atomic bomb was used in battle 68 years ago in Hiroshima, Japan
  • Nearly 200,000 people were killed, including those who died in the aftermath
  • More than 70,000 were killed by the second bomb dropped three days later

(CNN) — The decision by the United States to use the atomic bomb against Japan in August 1945 is credited with ending World War II. Here is some background information about the history of the atomic bomb, by the numbers:

2 – Number of atomic bombs dropped on Japan during World War II.

80,000 – People who died instantly in Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945, when the first ever atomic bomb was used in war. The code name of the uranium-based bomb was “Little Boy.”

192,020 – Total number of those killed in Hiroshima, combining those killed instantly and those killed from radiation and other aftermath. The revised total was released at a ceremony on the 50th anniversary of the bombing.

3 – Number of days between the first and second atomic bombs dropped on Japan. On August 9, 1945, “an implosion-model plutonium bomb code-named “Fat Man,” was detonated over Nagasaki.

More than 70,000 – Number of people killed instantly in Nagasaki by the bomb.

5 – Number of days after the bombing of Nagasaki that Emperor Hirohito announced Japan’s acceptance of the terms of the Postdam Declaration and its unconditional surrender, bringing an end to World War II.

2 – Number of possible targets for the second bombing: Nagasaki and Kokura. Nagasaki was chosen because of the weather.

A man wheels his bicycle thorough Hiroshima in August 1945, days after the city was leveled by an atomic bomb blast.
A man wheels his bicycle thorough Hiroshima in August 1945, days after the city was leveled by an atomic bomb blast.

$2 billion – The approximate cost of research and development of the atomic bomb by the United States, called the “Manhattan Project.”

130,000 – The number of people employed by the Manhattan Project.

3 – Research facilities involved in the development of the bombs: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, the Hanford Site, Washington, and Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico.

17 – Physicists who worked on the Manhattan Project who already were or would later become Nobel Laureates in physics.

18,000 – Tons of TNT equaled the blast from New Mexico test run on July 16, 1945.

1,800+ feet – The distance above ground that “Little Boy” detonated over Hiroshima after it was released from the B-29 Bomber “Enola Gay.”

9,700 lbs – Weight of the “Little Boy” atomic bomb..

60,000 feet – Height of the mushroom cloud following the detonation of “Fat Man” over Nagasaki.