In a letter to the
editor of the Liverpool Daily Mail on February 28th
1983, Dr Hugh (Pip)
Hughes, who died two years ago, said what needed to be said concerning the
history of the Bomb.
J.Porter (Letters, February 23) repeats the hoary old
chestnut that the use of the atom bomb against Japan was justified
because it shortened the war. At the
time I was in Australia in the merchant
navy, and it was widely reported before the use of the atom bomb that Japan had sued for
peace. This fact was confirmed beyond
doubt when the relevant United States documents were
released under the 25-year rule. The
atom bombs on Japan were used not for
military purposes, but political – as a warning to Russia.
Mr Griffiths (‘anti-unilateralist’) on the same day says
‘multilateralism is the true way to peace’.
I say that after 35 years of multilateral disarmament talks the world
stock of nuclear weapons has increased from two to the equivalent of one
million Hiroshima bombs. How many more must we have before the
multilateral ‘peacemakers’ realize that this approach has not only failed, but
shows no sign of achieving anything except to leave a litter of nuclear debris
in Europe which can kill us all, even without a war.
Dr Hugh Hughes, Llangollen.