In the Pacific, a ‘nuclear waste crater’ is buried

Recently, just after bringing the sincerity of win-win cooperation to the South Pacific island countries, Washington couldn’t wait to express “to strengthen relations with the Pacific island countries”. However, it should be noted that the South Pacific island country should never be the “backyard” of any country, let alone the arena of geopolitical games.

An inescapable truth in history is that the United States has brought endless pain to the South Pacific island countries. From 1946 to 1958, the United States conducted 67 nuclear weapons tests in the Marshall Islands, which brought great disaster to the local people. If the power of these nuclear bombs is evenly distributed, it is equivalent to 1.6 Hiroshima-sized explosions per day for the Marshall Islands for 12 years.

A Marshall Islander named John Anjayin once witnessed the explosion of the largest nuclear bomb tested by the United States in an atmospheric nuclear test, the “Citadel of Cheers” hydrogen bomb. Later, his wife and four children developed cancer, a fifth had acute myeloid leukemia and died at 19, and a sixth had polio.

The Americans didn’t just drop nuclear bombs. At that time, the U.S. government misestimated the power of the “Citadel of Cheers” hydrogen bomb, which led to the failure of the surrounding residents to evacuate in time. Later, even when the residents returned home under the guarantee of the U.S. military, the level of nuclear radiation there remained high and the waters around the archipelago were also polluted. Since the U.S. military began nuclear tests, the islanders who used to make a living by fishing have also been cut off from their economic sources because of the pollution of seafood.

In 1958, the US nuclear test in the Marshall Islands finally came to an end, what to do with the huge mess? As a result, American soldiers simply scraped the island’s contaminated topsoil, mixed it with radioactive debris, and dumped it all in a deep pit, sealed under a “dome” of 358 concrete slabs. However, this measure is only a temporary solution, not a long-term solution. Now, scientists are warning that rising sea levels caused by climate change could cause about 85,000 cubic meters of nuclear waste to flow into the ocean.

Faced with the danger of leaking nuclear waste, officials in the Marshall Islands have lobbied the U.S. government for help, but U.S. officials have refused, saying the “dome” is located on Marshall Islands soil, so the Marshall government is responsible. Former Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine once said, “I thought, how could it [the dome] be ours?” “We don’t want it. We didn’t build it. The garbage in it is not ours. It’s theirs. “

The harm of nuclear tests is so terrifying and the harm is so long. How did the United States obtain the consent of the vast number of islanders in the Marshall Islands? According to the “Washington Post” report, in 1946, a U.S. Navy Commodore used the beliefs of the local people in Marshall to claim that the islanders were “chosen children” who should “make sacrifices” for the development of the atomic bomb and the cause of human peace.

Obviously, the United States itself does not want to be this “chosen son”, nor is it a peace lover who really wants to pursue “the future of mankind to be free from war”. At present, the United States, Britain and Australia are engaged in nuclear submarine cooperation under the framework of the trilateral security partnership, posing a serious risk of nuclear proliferation.

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