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Whitewashing nuclear weapons with national parks
Submitted by staff on Tue, 08/09/2011 - 11:57am
"Government propagandists are establishing nuclear war theme parks -- but without the uncomfortable taint of mass murder or Cold War hatreds," warns John LaForge of WNPJ member group NukeWatch in a Capital Times op/ed.
"Just in time for the 66th anniversary of the U.S. atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar recommended to Congress that a national historic park be established to honor the Manhattan Project -- the secret World War II program that built the bombs that massacred 140,000 people at Hiroshima and another 70,000 at Nagasaki."
That's in addition to monuments and tourist spots already established in Washington state, Colorado and both Dakotas.
"With the Obama administration working now to build three giant new bomb-building facilities, we should confront official myth-making" and push for nuclear abolition, LaForge concludes.