“There is no such thing as a radiation exposure that will not do damage. There is a hundred per cent possibility that there will be damage to cells. The next question is: which damage do you care about?” Dr. Rosalie Bertell, 1990
Rosalie was the founder of the International Institute of Concern for Public Health: http://www.iicph.org/ . Way before the Japanese Fukishima nuclear disaster, Rosalie was gathering information in the best of the scientific tradition on the dangers of low level nuclear contamination around the world.
Rosalie said “It seems that many of the world’s governments, including our own, are addicted to violence as a way to solve international problems. They suffer from ever increasing military budgets which rarely make us more secure. While most members of the global family do without, governments squander money and resources on arms, just the way alcoholics squander family resources on booze. ”
Jillian Skeet wrote about Rosalie: “In 1987, a secret government ‘risk assessment’ report on the peace movement, that was secretly leaked to us, listed Rosalie as the number one threat to the Canadian government because of her anti-nuclear work and her unsurpassed knowledge of the dangers of nuclear radiation to human health.”
I knew Rosalie but just barely – we met as we moved among many of the same progressive people. She was part of the Solidaridad group, with whom we had many friends and sometimes attended their gatherings. She was a nun – the type feared by the Vatican power brokers because there were few of her stature who could even understand her. Others have written about her – her remarkable life. I am content to have met this great pilgrim – to have shared some of the road with her and to give thanks for her life and witness.
a poem from Rosalie found on her website http://www.rosaliebertell.net/ :
And God Cries…
and in the stillness a great pain wells up -Mothers stoned and burned alive, children beaten and trained to kill –
and God cries…In the stillness, shrill terror breaks the air, distress invades my heart
the crush of hopeless despair is upon me“Disappearing” husbands and children, a human shield bulldozed
and God cries…Will the killing never stop? Families fleeing, cramped in tents, deprived of hope;
“bunker busters” causing the Earth to quake
Each tear, each cry held precious by a God who loves with passion
and God cries’..
Gently the suffering with their compassionate brothers and sisters are consoled
How sweet the healing presence
Cradled in God’s arms the broken and terrorized are calmed and the pain leaves
and God cries’..
Into my heart comes the pain as global tensions ease, and I too am calmed
and God cries with joy.