Beating the Bomb is about war & peace, foreign policy, vested interests, nuclear war and the fight against them. It is a historical documentary that charts ‘The Bomb’ from 1941 to present day; juxtaposing the political backdrop against the growth of the peace movement and framing the nuclear weapons issue within the wider context of global justice. Beating the Bomb is an independent, non commercial, labour of love production as well as a piece of activism. It features Tony Benn, Mark Thomas, Naomi Klein, George Monbiot, Kate Hudson, Helen John and Vivienne Westwood amongst others.
The hidden fist that keeps the world safe for silicon valley is the United States Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. (Thomas Friedman, New York Times, March 28, 1999)
Humanity is engaged in a race against time because it’s moral advance hasn’t kept up with it’s advance in technology, and it will destroy itself.
Shall mankind renounce war; or should we put and end to the human race? (The Russell / Einstein Manifesto 1955)
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter (Martin Luther King)
From the end of World War II, to the turn of the millenium, the United States has been at war with, or bombed the following countries:
- China (1945-46, 1950-53)
- Korea (1950-53)
- Guatemala (1954, 1967-69)
- Indonesia (1958)
- Cuba (1959-60)
- The Belgian Congo (1964)
- Peru (1965)
- Laos (1964-73)
- Vietnam (1961-73)
- Cambodia (1969-70)
- Grenada (1983)
- Libya 1986, 2011
- El Salvador (1980’s)
- Nicaragua (1980’s)
- Panama (1989)
- Iraq (1991-99)
- Sudan (1998)
- Yugoslavia (1999)
To initiate a war of aggression … is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime. Differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole (The Nuremberg Trial Principles adopted by the UN General Assembly)
Subjects covered in this documentary include:
nuclear warfare, Nato, the cold war, atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the mutual defence agreement, Polaris submarines, urban missile crisis, proxy wars, Vietnam war, oil, middle east, nuclear weapon states, Israel’s nuclear arsenal, star wars program, cruise missiles, peace movement, Afghan war, military industrial complex, Berlin wall, new world order, Trident missiles, super powers, Iraq war
, Saddam Hussein, gulf war, depleted uranium, gulf war syndrome, United States, Britain, China, Russia, Israel, cancers, September 11, 911, war on terror, Taliban, axis of evil, weapons of mass destruction, wealth transfer, Blackwater, Shell, British Petrolium, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Halliburton, neo liberalism, chemical warfare, biological warfare, BA Systems, militarism, h-bomb, global positioning system, GPS, Galileo, full spectrum dominance, space technology, aerospace industry, national missile defence system, ballistic missile defence system, global domination, green capitalism, arms manufacturing, arms race, peace symbol, Manhattan II project, Cruise missiles. the Nuremberg Trial Principles.
People mentioned in this documentary include: Walter Wolfgang, Tony Benn, Henry Kissinger, Dr Kate Hudson, Rae Street, Dr Ian Farlie Phd, Dr Salam Ismael, Bruce Cagnon, Nancy Romer, Dick Cheney, Mark Thomas, Adam Conway, Achin Vanaik, Zia Mian, Helen John, George Monbiot, Naomi Klein.
Organisations mentioned in this documentary include: NATO, CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament), NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty), Doctors for Iraq, Stop the War demonstration September 2004, World Against War Conference 2007, Nukewatch, Orion Laser Facility, Faslane Naval Base, Global Summit on Disarmament 2008, No Trident Conference 2006, Greenham Common March 1983, United Nations General Assembly.
Places mentioned in this documentary include: Aldermaston, Greenham Common 1983, Nuremberg, United States, Britain, China, Russia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Berlin, Israel, Middle East.