Archive for October 1, 2010

My Impressions of “A Cruel Wind Blows” (Part II)

I have more thoughts on the film I watched the other day titled “A Cruel Wind Blows.”

1) one Kazakh lady recalled how she used to work at sheep or cattle barn in a collective.  All she did was take care of cleaning out the dung and bringing in water for the animals. For her that was happiness, that was her job. Once the nuclear bombs were tested in the Polygon area, her job of 30 years ended.  The livestock dead, the grass irradiated. No more happiness…

2) Supposedly the arms race started with the bombing of Hiroshima, or so the Soviets claimed.  Seemed that it was defensive on the Soviet’s part to keep testing these bombs on Kazakhstan soil.

3) later the underground nuclear tests that were conducted leaked into the water and into the air. They were no longer having the hot, firey mushroom clouds lighting up the skies.

4) the press at that time didn’t show those truths about what was happening in that area, then it came later when there was enough public outcry about all the deaths and ill health of people from that area. I’m thinking that the U.S. must have had satellite pictures of this going on even back as early as the 1960s, why nothing was done? We were in the middle of the Cold War, stonewalling continued just like the famine of 1932-33 in Ukraine and the starvation in kazakhstan.  The Soviet Union had millions of deaths to hide.

5) interesting that this film left out that the president of this country of Kazakhstan didn’t take action on this problem.  What was he doing in Moscow about what was going on with his native land?

6) Olzhas Sulemienov, the grass roots activist, was at the end of this film, looking like a younger man with a very favorable presence among his countrymen

7) Perhaps those Kazakh people should move out if the radiation level is so high, but where would they go?

8 ) Sad movie showing the reality of deformed people, quite emotional and the care of the parents and doctors for these unfortunates who might have been healthy otherwise

9) many miscarriages and early deaths of children

10) scrap iron from bunkers, bridges, vehicles in the explosions were used by people in the area to build their homes.  Little knowing that they were bringing radiation into their homes causing future deformities in their children

11) interesting that so many of those who were willing to speak out against this atrocity were Russians as well as Kazakhs.  Many Soviet soldiers who were from other parts of the U.S.S.R. were affected by this nuclear testing

12) I’m struck with why this area of Kazakhstan was chosen over other places?  They could have chosen Charyn Canyon that is very arid and not many people there because it is land not even good for sheep or cattle grazing.

13) What other things similar to this are going on in other parts of the world that we don’t know about but will find out later.  Blood diamonds in Africa, sex trafficking in Eastern Europe, drugs in Mexico, child slaves elsewhere, human rights issues in China.  All are silenced and who is there to speak out for those who have no voice…especially all the aborted babies in the last 40 years.

14) we live in a fallen world…but we have hope

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