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Michigan Congressman Under Fire For Suggesting ‘Hiroshima & Nagasaki’ Solution For Gaza

Michigan Congressman Under Fire For Suggesting ‘Hiroshima & Nagasaki’ Solution For Gaza

Authored by Dave DeCamp via AntiWar.com, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Michigan) has come under fire for saying Gaza should be handled like “Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” suggesting that he was calling for a nuclear bomb to be dropped on the Strip, which could kill millions of Palestinians. Walberg made the comments at a town hall last week when asked about the US funding the construction of a port in Gaza, supposedly to bring in more aid. “We shouldn’t be spending a dime on humanitarian aid,” he said. “It should be like Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Get it over quick.” Rep. Tim Walberg, via The Hill The genocidal comments became public when they surfaced in a video on social media. In response to the controversy, Walberg claimed he was using a “metaphor” by naming the only two cities in the world that have ever been hit with a nuclear bomb. “I used a metaphor to convey the need for both Israel and Ukraine to win their wars as swiftly as possible, without putting American troops in harm’s way,” he claimed. “As a …

“It should be like Nagasaki and Hiroshima”: GOP congressman says Gaza comparison is out of context

“It should be like Nagasaki and Hiroshima”: GOP congressman says Gaza comparison is out of context

A Republican congressman is now walking back recent comments he made seemingly comparing Gaza to the Japanese cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. At a March 25 town hall in Dundee, Michigan, Republican Rep. Tim Walberg argued against the Biden administration delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza, which remains under an Israeli blockade, via U.S. military cargo ships. In order to transport the aid to land, the U.S. built a temporary pier off the coast of the besieged enclave. “You’re putting our troops in harms way,” Walberg said of President Biden. The GOP congressman then followed that up by calling for a cessation to humanitarian aid, arguing that helping to feed civilians only prolongs the war. “I don’t think any of our aid that goes to Israel to support our greatest ally, arguably maybe in the world, to defeat Hamas and Iran and Russia, and probably North Korea’s in there, and China, too, with them helping Hamas — we shouldn’t be spending a dime on humanitarian aid. It should be like Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Get it over quick. The …

GOP Rep. Tim Walberg suggests Gaza should be handled ‘like Nagasaki and Hiroshima’

GOP Rep. Tim Walberg suggests Gaza should be handled ‘like Nagasaki and Hiroshima’

Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., said this week that the conflict in Gaza should be over quickly “like Nagasaki and Hiroshima,” and the United States should refrain from sending any humanitarian aid to the besieged enclave as Israel’s war with Hamas continues. “We shouldn’t be spending a dime on humanitarian aid,” Walberg said at a town hall meeting on Monday in Dundee, Michigan, according to a video that circulated on social media. “It should be like Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Get it over quick,” he continued, referring to the Japanese cities on which the U.S. dropped atomic bombs during World War II. Hundreds of thousands of people died. In a statement, Walberg said he “used a metaphor to convey the need for both Israel and Ukraine to win their wars as swiftly as possible, without putting American troops in harm’s way.” “My reasoning was the exact opposite of what is being reported: the quicker these wars end, the fewer innocent lives will be caught in the crossfire,” he added. According to Walberg’s public calendar, he was scheduled …

Congressman rebuked for call to bomb Gaza ‘like Nagasaki and Hiroshima’ | Michigan

Congressman rebuked for call to bomb Gaza ‘like Nagasaki and Hiroshima’ | Michigan

Rather than provide humanitarian aid in Gaza, the US should ensure it is subjected to nuclear bombing the way that “Nagasaki and Hiroshima” were at the end of the second world war, a Republican congressman said in shocking remarks that were recorded recently at a gathering with a relatively small group of his constituents. The comments by US House representative Tim Walberg of Michigan drew condemnation from progressive political quarters, including from some who expressed disbelief that a former Christian pastor would advocate for what they called the genocide of Palestinians in Gaza. “A sitting US rep in a secret town hall feels comfortable musing privately about genocide,” said a user on Twitter/X who circulated video of Walberg’s comments late Friday. A reply to that comment read: “Exactly what Jesus would do, right?” In a statement Sunday, Walberg argued that the media had misreported his comments and set him up to be misinterpreted. Yet he said he was unapologetic about his belief that Israel should win “as swiftly as possible”. Entries on Walberg’s congressional calendar …

On 78th anniversary of atomic bomb, Hiroshima mayor says nuclear deterrence ‘folly’ | Nuclear weapons

Japan has marked the 78th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima where the mayor urged the abolition of nuclear weapons and called the G7 leaders’ notion of nuclear deterrence a “folly”. On Sunday a peace bell tolled at 8.15am, the time the bomb was dropped. About 50,000 participants in the outdoor memorial ceremony including ageing survivors observed a moment of silence, with the summer heat hitting 30C (86F). The day to commemorate the victims of the world’s first nuclear attack comes as Russian officials have talked about using nuclear weapons in the war with Ukraine. Western authorities have said there is no evidence of Russia preparing such an attack. “Leaders around the world must confront the reality that nuclear threats now being voiced by certain policymakers reveal the folly of nuclear deterrence theory,” said the Hiroshima mayor, Kazumi Matsui. The ceremony was also attended by Fumio Kishida, the Japanese prime minister, who said the road to a world without nuclear weapons was getting steeper due in part to Russia’s nuclear threats, but this …

G7 summit in Hiroshima will force world leaders to confront the continuing nuclear threat

G7 summit in Hiroshima will force world leaders to confront the continuing nuclear threat

The current crises facing the world will be brought into sharp relief as Hiroshima – the first city to be annihilated by a nuclear bomb – plays host to the annual G7 summit of seven of the world’s wealthiest countries. Crucially, leaders will have a rare opportunity to meet face-to-face with survivors who still want to tell their stories to the world. Forever branded on the collective consciousness, Hiroshima has become a symbol of resilience in the face of nuclear destruction. It is also home to a large population of hibakusha, as the survivors of the atomic bomb are known. There are estimated to be 118,935 hibakusha in Japan, with 39,590 still living in Hiroshima. That the G7 meeting is being hosted in the city is down to Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida. A son of Hiroshima, he has consistently emphasised his city’s significance rather than shy away from its historic horrors. As foreign minister he helped arrange the US presidential visit to Hiroshima in 2016, when Barack Obama met with survivors. After announcing this …