Will the ‘never again’ plea ever get positive action?
The Editor, Entry to Montreal’s Botanical Gardens will be free after 6 p. m. on Sunday, August 5. In the Japanese Garden section the city will hold their annual memorial for the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.
At 7: 15 p. m., at the exact moment that the bomb exploded, Montreal will ring the bell that survived the bombing. In the time zone Hiroshima is in, it will be 8:15 a.m., August 6 and people there will float thousands of lanterns in the river in memory of the victims. At Montreal, representatives of the Japanese and Montreal city governments will speak.
The bell was a gift from Hiroshima to Montreal. They became twin cities in 1988.
In Ottawa, the memorial ceremony is held the evening of August 6 at the Friends Meeting House, 91- A Fourth Avenue. When the sun goes down, those attending proceed with lighted lanterns to float them in a pond beside the Rideau Canal. The occasional year, such as in 2107, the ceremony is held on August 9, Nagasaki Day.
In Toronto, the memorial takes place at City Hall. Lanterns are floated in the pond at Nathan Phillips Square.
Prior to the Montreal ceremony on August 7, German organist Kai Krakenberg will give a one- hour free organ recital at 3: 30 p. m. at St. Joseph’s Oratory.
Will the plea of the Japanese atomic bomb survivors “never again” soon get more responsive action? U. S. A. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed limiting their nu- clear arsenals when they met alone in Helsinki for nearly two hours on July 16, Putin said in Moscow on July 19, according to an Associated Press report.
The two presidents will have to consider whether to extend New Start, a treaty that sets limits on the number of strategic warheads that each country may deploy and provides for regular inspections. The accord, which came into full effect only a few months ago, will expire Feb. 5, 2021 unless the presidents exercise their right to extend it until 2026. All the other bilateral arms control treaties are either dead or crumbling.
However, one treaty got renewed attention via Associated Press when a journalist, Sam Husseini, was shown being removed by security from the Helsinki Trump-Putin press conference July 16 after he held up a sign reading “Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty.” The treaty was passed by 123 nations at the U. N. on July 7, 2017.
In recent months, Putin displayed graphics of missiles raining down on Florida and a torpedo which could cover the west coast in radioactive sludge. In February, the U. S. A. published a Nuclear Posture Review which proposes more and better low yield nuclear warheads. Already the Obama administration launched a nuclear weapons modernization over the next 30 years that would cost $1.7 trillion.
In spite of other crimes Putin and Trump are committing, they can’t meet too often to draw back from committing the ultimate absolute crime of destroying the planet.
Gerard Daechsel, Alexandria