Category Archives: War

RETURN TO NORMAL by Peter Nolan Smith

Two weeks after the collapse of the Trade Towers the westerly wind shifted and a southern breeze spread the funereal smoke across Lower Manhattan. The poisonous fumes smelled of a blazing cannibal BBQ. Later that afternoon I caught a train north to Boston. My sister put me up in her basement. I watched the Red […]

Osama’s Brother

Back in 1984 I was visiting friends in London. Vonelli was living behind Harrods. A small studio in which Eric Burdon of the Animals’ wrote SAN FRANCISCO NIGHTS. This landlady was from America. Her daughter was a beauty. Her boyfriend was a Saudi pilot. he bought us champagne. Crystal not Moet. His girlfriend introduced him […]

Hiroshima Plus One Month 1945

This rare photo of the Hiroshima mushroom cloud was taken on August 6, 1945. The Hiroshima bombing claimed approximately 120,000 lives and the subsequent leveling of Nagasaki annihilated 80,000. The US military strategists have long held that these two attacks saved over a million US troops by forcing the Japanese Empire to surrender to the […]

The Utter Folly Of Wise Men

Every country has a pantheon of vaunted heroes and leaders. Their names grace universities, libraries, towns, and cities. Children bear their names in remembrance of their contribution to country. In contrast few parents bestow any honor on the knaves of a nation. Adolf and Benito were banned by an unspoken edict during my childhood. Pol […]

Mushrooms Clouds Teriyaki

1992 marked the last nuclear bomb test in the USA, although the nuclear club of the USSR, the USA, UK, France, India, Israel, and Pakistan have conducted nearly 2000 explosions since the first blast in Los Alamos, NM. Only two were on populated targets. For years my Uncle Russ told his nieces and nephews that […]