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Mana and Tawa College Song
Words of song composed by students from Mana and Tawa College
This is our cry, this is our prayer, peace in the world.
Early in the morning Hiroshima was bathed in sunshine
The people awoke believing another normal day had begun
But the atomic flash from “Little Boy” changed the course of History
Engulfing Japan in a deadly shadow
A journey of peace had begun.
The atom bomb disease cast its shadow over Hiroshima
Plagued with this disease Sadako began her quest
To those who fold a 1000 cranes a single wish is granted
Her eyes shone while she folded the cranes showing her desire to survive
The wings of the crane lead Sadako to heaven.
A horrific tragedy, yet from it do we learn?
Follow the spirit of a little girl
To find compassion and unity in all mankind
To understand how destructive the cycle of war is
To cast off the shadow, create peace and harmony, create a better life
I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world.
Hiroshima Day Speech (Mana and Tawa Colleges)
On this day, August the 6th, 1945, the first atomic bomb was detonated over Hiroshima. 70,000 people died instantly.
Over the next 5 years, 100,000 people died of radiation sickness. 11 year old Sadako was one of those people. She had decided to follow the ancient Japanese tradition of folding 1000 paper cranes to have a wish granted. Her wish was just to live. She died after making only 633 cranes.
Her school friends folded the remaining 367 and began the tradition of folding the paper cranes and wishing for World Peace, because Sadako had written on her cranes, “I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all around the world.”
With the help of the students studying Japanese from Tawa College, we have put together a musical tribute to all those affected by the atomic bomb.
This piece of music is dedicated to Sadako and her dream of world peace.
Emergency Crisis Status Essential
For A Nuclear Weapons
1. Once launched, these missiles are off to their target without interruption.
2. Ready, in minutes, to kill millions like us.
3. A declared emergency is about saving life in imminent danger.
4. It’s an emergency if one is discovered unattended.
5. It would grow to overwhelm the governments who say that we must have them.
6. We know our own minds. If it’s an emergency situation to us, then it is.
7. As if in a tense fire arms situation.
8. All those services could not cope.
9. Agreeing to condemn nuclear weapons as unfit for human beings to approve.
10. Nuclear weapons are there to vaporize us at any moment.
11. Never more than a few metres from their brief cases.
12. So disturbing that, they’ve been banned on some TV channels.
13. Prioritizing the emergency action.
14. A Russian serviceman, who got the order to fire a nuclear weapon but disobeyed.
15. From every perspective, nuclear weapons are inhuman
16. Reversing the current fixed and variable labels.
1.As I write this, USA, Russian and other nations’ submarines, have edge of space reaching, solid fuel ballistic missile rockets with nuclear weaponed re-entry vehicles readied for action. Once launched, these missiles are off to their target without interruption. Previously, some Russian missiles were liquid fueled and could be shut down in mid flight, if found to be launched in error. Now Russia has land based solid fueled rockets also, as well as some new liquid fuel ballistic missiles.
2.This is an emergency for the general public of the world. We have the UN Charter to unite us all in securing international peace and security. It’s monstrously ridiculous to claim that we’re peacefully secure, with weapons like these, ready, in minutes, to kill millions like us. We’re definitely not safe.
3.The crucial issue about a declared emergency is about saving life in imminent danger, whether the worst case scenario has happened or not. We are not in error for claiming a situation is an emergency one, just because a person is not immediately about to die early. In reality, an emergency is before the so called critical stage, of when steel body work crumples or flames are above the house roof. Not having a smoke alarm in a house is not an emergency, on its own but, it is when occupants use a poorly installed wood burner, get electricity via old rubber insulated wires and have children in three bedrooms. People need to look at the facts of the matter and decide if an emergency exists for immediate action.
4.The key issue is not leaving it to good luck, which happened at the Fukushima nuclear power station. Concerned scientists protested at its being built by USA’s GE Corporation at sea level and on an earthquake prone coast. Their warnings weren’t heeded. The emergency at Fukushima was months and years before the actual explosion, after the recent earthquake and tsunami. It was then unable to cope with a historically predictable repeat of earlier such geological events . We also need to ask ourselves if the present nuclear weapons hair trigger alert status deployment, by various nations, is an emergency now.
London train stations' loud speakers regularly tell the public not to leave bags unattended and to report any that are. It’s an emergency if one is discovered unattended. That’s how the authorities keep the public safe.
5.Nuclear weapons are supposed to keep us safe, but from what? Yes. Another nation’s nuclear weapons. Wouldn’t it be infinitely more sensible if the targeted ordinary folk of the world united and said a big no to all nuclear weapons? It would grow to overwhelm the governments who say that we must have them. They would then submit to our demand for zero nuclear weapons. We must not just accept the New Zealand Government’s line that the current international diplomatic environment is not right for directly dealing with the abolition of nuclear weapons. We would otherwise say that all is well and that we’re happy to be one of the expected destinations of a deployed, launch-ready nuclear missile. It’s no use claiming that they’re only there to frighten and so deter any first use of nuclear weapons. Two cities have already felt their dire effects. The living would envy the dead in a third city treated like those. Glass spike hurricanes are a part of the horror. City canyons of glass fronted buildings would be turned into a kitchen blender blade effect.
6.If we say our being one of the world’s ordinary folk, who are what deployed nuclear weapons exist for, to murder in mass, is an emergency, who can say that we’re wrong? We know our own minds. If it’s an emergency situation to us, then it is. Those who'd say that, we were abusing the meaning of the term emergency, would imply that we're over-reacting to fifty years of unused ballistic missile nuclear weapons at the ready. Surely that’s even more of an emergency when an intolerable situation has persisted for that long. We’ve had governments content to continue this holding of the world’s ordinary folk as nuclear weapons hostages, to kill by the millions, if pushed too far. That’s certainly an emergency to immediately resolve by getting these weapons abolished worldwide.
7.Civilised nations are run under humane laws. Yet the world’s nuclear weapons nations behave with them towards one another something like bandits do in a lawless country. They’re behaving as if in a tense fire arms situation, where they are all waiting, with fingers on triggers of loaded guns, for the first shot to be fired. It’s childish and stupid. Human beings are intelligent. That’s why it’s an emergency for us to immediately act upon.
8.We currently mostly accept the notion that it is not an emergency because the Police could say that an emergency is when fire, ambulance or police would need to be immediately called. However, this is a prospect of a potential emergency where all those services could not cope with the majority of the injured in a nuclear weapons blast. We would be thus declaring an emergency because we collectively claim that such a disgusting prospect is not fit for humans to condone for a second.
9.By our not vigorously peacefully protesting against revolting nuclear weapons, we accept them as if good and useful. The human family largely does and right to the presidents of superpower nations. What’s stopping them from getting together, even on a phone conference and all agreeing to condemn nuclear weapons as unfit for human beings to approve? With that step taken, they then need to simply agree that they’ll safely destroy all deployed and stored nuclear weapons missiles and warheads. A UN Convention would follow with all nations agreeing.
10.It’s up to us to set the ball rolling, as ordinary folk of the world. Nuclear weapons are there to vaporise us at any moment. This planned and readied prospect for us, is utterly intolerable when condoned by governments as acceptable and honourable. It’s thus the emergency, of stored and readied nuclear weapons, for our immediate action. Immediate global abolition, inspection and verification of nuclear weapons is the remedy.
11.One aspect of an emergency is that it must be real or else we become like the boy who cried wolf in jest. It is real. That’s simply because we know how nuclear weapons are on hair trigger alert. Presidents or prime ministers of nuclear weapons nations are never more than a few metres from their brief cases with a firing button inside. Emergency is an understatement. Yet it’s all business as usual in world affairs as if there’s no emergency for ordinary people to be alarmed about. Even with them all off launch ready status, they’re still unfit for a civilized world.
12.Dealing with emergencies is a skillful job, especially when some people panic and act irrationally, if justifiably alarmed. We know that documentaries on global nuclear war results, are so disturbing that, they’ve been banned on some TV channels or can only be broadcast after children are normally asleep. The nuclear weapons emergency, for us ordinary folk to remedy, requires us to avoid panic by being factual and truthful at all times.
13.Dealing compassionately with panic, in those who are overwhelmed with the truth of our nuclear weapons, critically threatened world, will result in ardent activists for a nuclear free, peaceful world. When they’re over the initial shocking realization, serenity comes with devotion to the peaceful abolition action. Planning the schedule details, to ensure ordinary people of the world, stop being a nuclear weapons nation's hostages, starts with prioritizing the emergency action. The emergency is declared over, when the nuclear weapons threat is confirmed dead by UN experts, after they’re banned and abolished. It’s now time to get into it.
14.When the response to our, perceived, emergency status promotion is that, nuclear weapons technology is fail safe or too sophisticated to ever go wrong and malfunction for an accidental launch, we can cite many contrary examples. There have been lost nuclear weapons that remain unrecovered, a Russian serviceman, who got the order to fire a nuclear weapon but disobeyed
and the 15 February 2013 daytime meteorite explosion over Russia, which could have been mistaken for an incoming nuclear weapon, especially in the dark.
15.Our treasured planet earth is too precious for nuclear weapons that are poised ready to launch and start a few hours of nuclear war exchanges to end our present civilization. From every perspective, nuclear weapons are inhuman, whether they’re just stored or actively deployed. They have no right to exist. We cannot humanely coexist with them whatsoever. http://www.nfnz.webs.com/
16. Reversing the current fixed and variable labels will be by the many fixated ordinary people globally, who now feel that nuclear weapons are too difficult to abolish, becoming hopeful and determined to rapidly abolish them. The current fixed view in many people's minds, is in contrast to the variable targettable nature of nuclear weapons, which are not yet abolished, as they should rightly be. The reversal of the current fixed and variable situation will come when the nuclear weapons of the world become fixed, immobilized and abolished, while the people of the planet will be variable. They will come alive in spirit, take control and successfully require that nuclear weapons are never again made or deployed. This contrasts to how ordinary people are presently treated, as if doomed cattle at the meat works and have no say in the way nuclear weapons are deployed on hair trigger alert. This must halt, so that they all come off hair trigger alert, deployment readiness, become entirely deactivated, stored and finally all dismantled.
Murray Richard Tingey
May Peace Prevail On Earth