Each year on August the 6th, the world remembers Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Of the nearly 100,000 humans who perished at Nagasaki, only 250 were military personnel.
Was the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki a gruesome experiment? A callous scheme designed to discover the respective merits of different kinds of atomic bombs when used against densely-populated industrial centres? Was the atomic bombing a practical demonstration of American technical superiority in warfare to warn the Russian rulers against expansion which might further encroach upon American spheres of influence? Whatever may have been the reasons, nothing can excuse the incineration of children at play and the slaughter of tens of thousands of their mothers and fathers. Nuclear weapons are monstrous. War in any form is monstrous.
The cause of modern war is world capitalism, the profit system. Socialists are opposed to war, whether nuclear or “conventional" weapons are used. Socialists want no part of this nightmare world. The solution, however, does not lie in the banning of a specific kind of weapon. Weapons are only necessary in a world of capitalist competition. The real enemy is the social system that breeds it. It is the Socialist Party who refuses to lend its support to anti- nuclear war campaigns that have stood out consistently against all wars, declaring them not to be worth the shedding of a single drop of working class blood. Socialist opposition to nationalism and capitalist butchery is anchored firmly to a coherent analysis of society.
Workers have no country and therefore none to die for. Capitalism minus nuclear weapons would not solve the problem of war; a world based on the common ownership of the means of wealth production, alone, will do that.