Most Americans never knew that between 1946 and 1958 the United States decided that the Marshall Islands would be a good place to test atomic bombs. Over the course of those 12 years, 67 atomic bombs were detonated over Bikini Atoll and the surrounding Islands.
Dud Hendrick first brought it to my attention in The Ghosts of Jeju, but what I didn’t know was how the U.S. showed no regard for the people of the Marshall Islands before, during and after the tests. Previously classified and top secret documents indicate that the Americans looked down upon the people of the Marshall Islands as savages and did almost nothing to protect them from these blasts. Afterwards, the United States denied and attempted to hide the devastating effects to human life, food supplies, water, and the environment.
One test, code-named Bravo, was one thousand times the strength of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Bravo was just one of 67 tests that accounted for one hundred and eighty megatons of nuclear yield….the equivalent of a Hiroshima sized bomb going off every day for twelve years. (Don’t Ever Whisper by Giff Johnson)
It wasn’t until 1978 that tests were done that confirmed the health effects on the peoples of the Marshall Islands. People were dying of cancers and women were giving birth to babies with horrendous defects. I also learned that thousands of U.S. Navy and military personnel involved in those tests had also suffered serious health issues caused by radiation.
And last year I watched the riveting testimony of Marshall Islander Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, pleading with the entire assembly of the United Nations to do something about climate change because rising sea levels will soon wash over and destroy the Marshall Islands and the Islands of Oceania. You can watch the six minute presentation by clicking the link below.
After reading Giff Johnson’s book, Don’t Ever Whisper, about his deceased wife Darlene Keju and how she spent her short life fighting for the victims of radiation poisoning, and after seeing Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner’s moving speech at the United Nations, I knew that I had to go to the Marshall Islands to interview survivors, local activists and politicians for my film because the people of the Marshall Islands are closer to midnight than three minutes for they have suffered the effects of those terrible instruments of mass destruction and are now concerned about the imminent catastrophic effects of rising sea levels due to climate change.
In The Ghosts of Jeju I was able to bring to light the untold history of the United States on Jeju Island and throughout Korea from 1945 to the present. In my short film, The United States of War, I exposed the lies and myths about American Exceptionalism and the truth about the American Way of Life.
11:57 – Three Minutes to Midnight will continue in this same vein, exposing the untold history of the United States in the Pacific from Hawaii, Japan, Okinawa, Jeju down to the Marshall Islands. There is a pattern that dates back to when the white European explorers came to the Americas, committed genocide and stole the land and resources from the indigenous American peoples.
Since 1798, the United States has militarily invaded other countries more than 500 times. In my seventy years on this planet, America has been at war for all of them and today America has brought the world to the brink of extinction with the very real threat of nuclear war with Russia and China.
11:57 – Three Minutes to Midnight reveals more of the untold history of the United States and more about the imperial advance of this country in order to dominate the entire planet through full-spectrum dominance.
The American Way of life and the global economy, fueled by predator Capitalism and based on an insatiable appetite for fossil fuels and slave labor in order to maximize profit also has the world on the brink of extinction due to the immediate and catastrophic effects of climate change.
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