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Mimi Lang: On Hiroshima anniversary, a call to eliminate nuclear weapons

Mimi Lang: On Hiroshima anniversary, a call to eliminate nuclear weapons

As we contemplate our nuclear future after the negotiations with Iran, we cannot forget our nuclear past. Seventy years ago, the U.S. became the first and only country to use nuclear weapons — on Aug. 6, 1945, at Hiroshima and Aug. 9 at Nagasaki. Much debate has surrounded the decision to drop the bombs. Historians Howard Zinn and Gar Alperovitz write that the bomb was seen as a diplomatic weapon against the Soviet Union. They and many others believe Japan was already set to surrender. In the end of April, I joined several activists from the Lehigh Valley to attend the Peace and Planet Rally in New York City preceding the ninth review of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. The review...

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