The War Game #NotoTrident

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In 1965, this film was produced, suggesting what we might experience if there was a nuclear war. Initially it was banned but I watched it in school in 1970.  I was so shaken, and have been opposed to nuclear war, and nuclear energy ever since. There is no sense whatsoever of having nuclear weapons which are horrific, pointless and extraordinarily expensive.  We have had seventy years of senselessness, and it will end when people are made aware of the horrors of these weapons of mass destruction, and that is by real education. There can be no more important issue which we should be educating future generations about.

The war game can be seen on this link 

It is the US debut of the film showing. I could not find a full Youtube link, though there are clips.

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A review is seen here on Film Four http://www.film4.com/reviews/1966/the-war-game

An extract of the review is reproduced below,

The BBC and Harold Wilson’s government thought that The War Game was so powerful that it would have a profoundly negative effect on British morale, and conspired to keep it from the small screen – even when it won an Oscar after a triumphant run on the festival circuit. Their perturbation – if not their reaction – quickly makes sense as this chilling 47 minute film plays out. The War Game still ranks as one of the most powerful examples of the docu-drama form (which Watkins had practically invented with his earlier success at the BBC,’Culloden’). He expertly blends statistics, government information, and the graphics and tropes of contemporary BBC news reports with the fictional enactment of the aftermath of a nuclear strike on Kent. The effect of Michael Aspel’s authoritative tones declaring “this could be the way the last two minutes of peace look” over realistic footage of miserable chaos can easily be imagined, especially since the scenario under the Cold War seemed all too likely.

Links

Think Left: Seventy Years of Senselessness, Nuclear Weapons are pointless, horrific, and extraordinarily Expensive

 

The War Game: A Review from Film Four

68 years on from Hiroshima, The Nuclear Madness Remains

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68 years on from Hiroshima, The Nuclear Madness Remains 

From @Earwiggle 

 August 6, 1945, the United States used a massive, atomic weapon against Hiroshima, Japan. This atomic bomb, the equivalent of 20,000 tons of TNT, flattened the city, killing tens of thousands of civilians. While Japan was still trying to comprehend this devastation three days later, the United States struck again, this time, on Nagasaki. ( 9th August 1945)

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The devastation of Hiroshima was on the very the day my parents married, happy celebrations in the West providing a stark contrast in a globe divided. Sixty eight years on,  the madness and horror remains. While millions go hungry, the earth’s resources and the labour of men and women goes to waste,  nuclear missiles are still being developed. Science and intellect would be far more wisely directed to feeding the world, protecting the planet and medical advancement. The horrors of war, of greed and selfishness divide a species bent of self destruction. When will mankind wake from this stupidity, and learn to live in peace?

TalkWorksFilms2010: Hiroshima survivor Shoso Kawomoto remembers the 6th of August 1945

The nuclear Non-Proliferation has brought about nuclear weapons-free zones in Latin America, Africa and central Asia, as well as providing the basis on which Iran can be brought into negotiations with the rest of the region on a nuclear weapons-free Middle East.

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However, the US and the rest of the Western world turn a blind eye to Israel’s nuclear weapons. Such are the double standards that are applied where Western interests are concerned.

 Jeremy Corbyn writes in the Morning Star in July  (Extracts)

Earlier this month there was a parliamentary debate on the replacement of the Trident nuclear weapons system.

Each warhead that is now held by Britain – or indeed any of the other seven nuclear-armed countries – is probably 30 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb.

The point is that if someone possesses nuclear weapons, one must assume they’re prepared to use them.

I will be in Tavistock Square next Tuesday at midday as part of our annual commemoration of Hiroshima Day to redouble our efforts on a world based on peace and justice, not on war and threats.

The potential cost is around £100 billion, on top of the £3bn that will have already been spent by then on preparation and long-lead items prior to the construction of the new submarines.

Now is the time to campaign against Trident renewal, and to divert the investment into sustainable, useful jobs in shipbuilding and engineering, rather than constructing a high-tech vessel to potentially destroy the world.

Jeremy Corbyn, Morning Star: Labour Pains

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/135975