1) two-page statement to Rear Admiral Eugene Carroll, dated April 20, 1989; with copies of these terms of reference provided:
2) copies of items included in submissions to participants to April, 1986 "Vancouver Centennial Peace Festival".
(Rear Admiral Carroll: Some of the correspondence copies listed on the face of this are included in the terms of reference to the Christmas, 1987 statement to PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA Pieter W. Botha.)
3) copies of items included in the December 16, 1987 registered letter #936 to PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA Pieter W. Botha.
4) copy of February-May, 1984 statement to Mr. Lech Walesa.
5) copy of June 27, 1985 statement to Mr. Bernard Wood, "North-South Institute".
6) copy of July 2, 1985 statement to Mr. Clovis Maksoud, "The Arab League".
7) copy of August, 1986 statement to General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev.
8) copy of August, 1986 statement to Mr. Maksoud.
9) copy of January 14, 1988 statement to Senator Robert Dole.
10) copy of May, 1988 statement to U.S. SENATE MINORITY LEADER Robert Dole.
11) copies of September 1 and 2, 1988 statements to Mr. Peter Jennings, ABC News.
12) copy of Christmas, 1988 statement to SOVIET GENERAL SECRETARY Mikhail Gorbachev.
13) Text of April 1, 1982 'Supplementary Record of Claim--Statement of Observations to the Umpire'.
14) copy of January 7, 1983 "Umpire's Decision".
15) copy of report to President Ronald Reagan, dated July, 1988 on first page.
16) copy of December 14, 1988 statement to President Ronald Reagan.
Rear Admiral Carroll: As you see by the contents
here, i like to include terms of reference in the Lists of
Contents for my submissions, putting in context the contents of
As i expect a lot of criticism by Reagan-Bush right-wing hardliners for having given Gorbachev what you see, i'd like you to know what will be one such term of reference for a future submission.
The person i lived with during my stays in Ottawa in 1982 sent me a copy of Peter Wyden's book, "DAY ONE Before Hiroshima and After", as a Christmas gift a number of years ago, and i watched the March 5, 1988 CBS production of it.
There's a scene in the TV-movie in which Dr. Oppenheimer is asked about atomic bombs, and he says "they're all shit. They're useless."1 While the scene took place on a busy street with background noise, i'm sure 'the word' was used--one i find appropriate in context but unusual in use by a U.S. TV network.
The following is from Mr. Wyden's book (copyright 1984 by Peter H. Wyden, Inc.):
"...it was Saturday, July 28 (1945), another hazy, muggy day in Tokyo--the newspaper headlines caused the Foreign Ministry much discomfort. Foreign Minister Togo suspected that the army had secretly inspired the slant of the stories. Mainichi labeled the Potsdam proclamation 'laughable.' Asahi Shumbun called it 'of no great moment' and thought it would reinforce the government's resolve to carry on the war.
At 4 p.m., a Japanese reporter asked at a press conference: 'Recently the enemy powers have been making various kinds of propaganda about terminating the war. What is your opinion about this?'
'The government does not see much value in it,' (Japanese Prime Minister Kantaro) Susuki said. 'All we have to do is MOKUSATSU* it.'
(The footnote to the asterisk at the bottom of the book's page states):
"Although the use of the word had been carefully planned by the cabinet, its ambiguity produced an unplanned surprise and was perhaps directly responsible for the continuation of the war and, thereby, the dropping of the bomb. MOKUSATSU could mean anything from 'to ignore' to 'to treat with silent contempt.' In the West, the latter interpretation was adopted and the Potsdam ultimatum was consequently considered to have been 'rejected.' Japanese cabinet officials later said they had really meant to convey a bland 'no comment' reaction. Such a bizarre misunderstanding is plausible because problems with precision of language are common in Japanese. The word HAI, for example, can mean anything from an unqualified 'yes' to the vaguest form of acknowledgement, or sometimes nothing more than a friendly noise, no more significant than static."
I drafted a statement to VANCOUVER MAYOR Gordon
Campbell re council's consideration of a policy to ban
nuclear arms-capable warships from the city harbour, and quoted
this in it.
Then i decided it's such a good term of reference i should include it elsewhere.
Incidentally, the CBS broadcast production never referred to this, instead suggesting the decision to drop the bomb(s) was a product of the Truman Cabinet's assessment of how long the war would continue and how many more American boys' lives would be lost if it wasn't used.
...I want the Soviets to have as much time and information as they need so we never make a mistake like this again.
FOR BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ABOUT REAR ADMIRAL CARROLL, TAKE A BRIEF SIDESTEP HERE.
1-THERE IS A FOOTNOTE RELEVANT TO THE USE HERE OF THIS SCATOLOGICAL TERM IF YOU TAKE A BRIEF SIDESTEP HERE.