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"Nuclear Savage"

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By William Boardman -- Reader Supported News 

"The bomb will not start a chain reaction in the water, converting it all to gas and letting all the ships on all the oceans drop down to the bottom. It will not blow out the bottom of the sea and let all the water run down the hole. It will not destroy gravity. I am not an atomic playboy."

-- Vice Admiral William P. Blandy, Bikini bomb test commander, July 25, 1946 

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W hen the military scientists of an advanced technological nation deliberately explode their largest nuclear bomb (and 66 others) over Pacific islands and use the opportunities to study the effects of radiation on nearby native people, which group is best described as "savage"?  And what should you call the people who prevent a documentary about these American post-war crimes from reaching a wide audience in the United States?  

" Nuclear Savage " is a recent documentary film that explores American nuclear weapons testing in the Marshall Islands, 1946-1958, and particularly the secret Project 4.1: an American experiment in exposing Pacific Islanders to overdoses of radiation -- deliberate human radiation poisoning -- just to get better data on this method of maiming and killing people. The public broadcasting establishment has spent more that two years keeping this story off the air.  

The preview reel of "Nuclear Savage" includes a clip with a stentorian newsreel announcer reporting on the American treatment of Marshall Islanders in April 1957, and explaining to his predominantly American audience: 

"The Marshallese caught by fallout got 175 roentgens of radiation . These are fishing people, savages by our standards, so a cross-section was brought to Chicago for testing. The first was John, the mayor of Rongelap Atoll ". John, as we said, is a savage, but a happy, amenable savage."  

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