Buildaburger Conference – British Sausage Week 2013 – Wednesday 6th November – The Fat Man of Pride

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O’ Neill: He cut off her nose (to spite her face), and he did it very recently.
“Se7en” (1995 dir David Fincher)

You can see why they code-named it “Fat Man”. It even looks like a sausage.

Pictured here is the first nuclear weapon to use plutonium as its fissile material. It is the second and last  to be used in conflict (so far). The 6th of November shares the unenviable anniversary of the production of the first plutonium for this weapon. However, this is not the first atomic bomb to be used in anger. “Little Boy”, a weapon using enriched Uranium was dropped on Hiroshima by the now famous B-29 bomber “Enola Gay” and killed up to 140,000 people on 6 August 1945. Fat Man was dropped on Nagasaki three days later, killing approximately 75,000.

It was not my original intention to mark British Sausage Week 2013 by using it as an excuse to knock the US every day, but there are plenty of worms in that particular can.

In the 80s I used to wear a peace badge, widely co-opted at that time by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and my grandfather took me to task one day about it, pointing out that the the Second World War would have lasted much longer without the intervention of the US military and the irresistible force of atomic weapons against the immovable object of the Japanese Imperial Army.

I accept this to be true, and it’s a sobering thought that he lived through two world wars although he would probably have been horrified by the proliferation of deadly force in more recent peace times.

Since that first nuclear test in the Nevada desert in July 1945, the US has carried out over 1,000 nuclear detonations, mostly on its own increasingly parched soil, but some in the pacific ocean (gee thanks), and many more in total than even the Russians.

I guess they were just showing off.

Actually, the US has proliferated more weapons of mass destruction; nuclear, chemical and biological, than the rest of the world put together, and no amount of Nobel prizes or red lines can distract us from the unveiled threat that president Obama gave to the United Nations General Assembly on 24th September 2013, that “The United States of America is prepared to use all elements of our power, including military force, to secure these core interests in the region. We will confront external aggression against our allies and partners, as we did in the Gulf War. We will ensure the free flow of energy from the region to the world. Although America is steadily reducing our own dependence on imported oil, the world still depends upon the region’s energy supply, and a severe disruption could destabilize the entire global economy.”

Even the great bi-racial hope has turned out to be just another colonial figurehead for the Fat Men of Big Money who see every other country as a potential source of “core interests”.

Fortunately for us in the UK, we don’t have much oil to fight over, and we have that “special relationship”, but my advice to those of you who live in the middle east is keep your heads down. Obama means to come over there a fuck you up if you get in the way of his oil, and his countrymen have shown many times over that they are willing to put their money where their mouth is and use their superior technology to bomb you to whichever kingdom you wish to come.

Although the world laughs at the most obese nation on earth, I think that if the Fat Man that is the United States of Core Interests who, despite his increasing girth, is unapologetic about his appetite, but whose vanity cannot allow him to live in a world without a well-specced SUV.

If he were to be personified then his deadly sin would be pride.

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