Two suns rose over the Pacific islanders at Rongelap, March 1, 1954. Few hours later it began to snow, which the children were playing in. In the evening came vomiting, diarrhea and hair fell off. The snow was radioactive ash and several mil away the U.S. celebrated the test of the hydrogen bomb Bravo, which was 1,000 times stronger than the Hiroshima bomb. The United States had persuaded the islanders to lend the atoll for “the good of all mankind and that would end all wars» and then exposed them to radiation, in addition to 5,400 deployed pigs, rats and goats. Marshall Eyes, April 2014.

A perfect day
Some days are perfect, where everything is an aesthetic pleasure and you get peace of mind. Marshall Islands served me such glory. Stayed at the old home of the country’s first president. A dilapidated but charming mansion on a stunning beach property with 270 degree ocean views. Spent the morning on the balcony. Morning training. Then existing and absorbing. Palm Trees. Waves. Blue horizon. Fresh breeze. Peace of mind. Every second was a perfect moment.

Preparing fresh sashimi of mahi mahi

Preparing fresh sashimi of mahi mahi

At lunchtime, I was invited to the private island of the Kramer family. After an hour’s sail in the lagoon we anchored in front of a powder white beach full of coconut palms and bungalows. One of the most idyllic places I’ve seen. Time ticked slowly under the scorching sun, while I snorkeled in the lagoon, fished with the boys, learned about the native culture and traditions of the elderly and enjoyed an abundance of barbecue and fresh sashimi straight from the sea. A perfect day.

A bunch of cheating bastards
The Kramer clan’s story is about a young American engineer who travels to the Pacific, falls in love with a local beauty and strikes roots. A generation later, he runs one of the largest construction companies in the Pacific. Every Sunday he invited friends and family to his island under the motto «Anything that is too good to be true, should be shared.»

The intoxicating effects of such perfect moments, get people to do crazy things, like getting a tattoo, say that you love someone or buy something big and stupid. My crazy though was that if one day was so perfect here, how would a whole life down here be. I started to probe the possibility of buying an island. Just as quickly as the probes commenced, it stopped.

– Foreigners can not buy property, said Kramer, a system which applies to most countries in the Pacific. A matriarchic system was practiced in the Marshall Islands, where almost all property was inherited from mother to child. I puzzled over why one could not inherit from the father’s side.

Because you can never know who is your father, Kramer smiled and laughed. There is perhaps some truth in it ….

The acknowledged KLG, who changed name from KFC, after a large American corporation sued them. They serve superb fried chicken, in addition to several Chinese dishes

The acknowledged KLG, who changed name from KFC, after a large American corporation sued them. They serve superb fried chicken, in addition to several Chinese dishes

For the good of mankind and that will end all wars
I have always been fascinated by the Marshall Islands due to its explosive history. For 70 years ago it was the scene of one of humanity’s darkest hours. I wanted to know more and all arrows pointed to Giff Johnson, editor in chief at Marshall Island Journal.

In February 1946 the United States by Commodore Ben H. Wyatt persuaded the islanders on Bikini Atoll to leave temporarily for some tests was for «the good of mankind and that would end all wars.» The islanders got the impression that they could return after three months.

U.S. conducted 67 nuclear explosions there from 1946 to 1958, equivalent to 7,000 Hiroshima bombs involving 242 naval ships, 156 aircraft and 5,400 rats, goats and pigs for experiments. More than 42,000 U.S. military and civilian personnel participated in the tests at Bikini.

The lie hidden among hundreds of thousands of old documents
The hydrogen bomb Bravo’s radiation of two islands, the U.S. claimed for many years was an accident. The problem with lies are that they can be revealed. Sometimes within short time, sometimes after 50-60 years after the discovery of two small notes among hundreds of thousands of released previously classified documents.

– Several reports that have recently been released, have thrown new light on the case, told Giff Johnson. – They showed that they knew the families of Rongalap and Ailinginae would be exposed to extreme radiation when they detonated Bravo, continued Giff Johnson. And the United States did not know much about the radiation effect on people, so it was very beneficial to study humans exposed to radioactivity. The 5,400 rats, goats and pigs were apparently not enough.

My new favourite fruit, Bob, which gives you Bob juice

My new favourite fruit, Bob, which gives you Bob juice

A three course lie and an unpaid bill
Sadly the lies for islanders from Bikini and nearby atolls were not over. Testing made the ​​islands uninhabitable. It went even worse with people. According to Jack Niedenthal’s book «For the Good of All Mankind» the islanders become throwing-balls on uninhabitable islands, experienced several famines, were exposed to more radioactivity and cheated of compensation.

In 1955-57 the United States moved them to the uninhabitable island of Kili. Bikini people were then «tricked» to enter into an agreement without legal assistance, which waived them the Bikini Atoll and every opportunity to make a claim against the United States in exchange for, among other Kili, $ 25,000 in cash and $ 300,000 in a fund.

In 1967 some returned back to the islands, when the United States informed that it was safe, and several living there. In reality, the U.S. had deliberately used old measuring equipment and the islands were in fact highly radioactive. Many years later, several were evacuated, with assistance from amongst others Greenpeace in 1985

In March 5, 2001, a 7-year trial concluded an agreement in the Nuclear Claims Tribual, which recognized the bikinis a total of $ 563 million in compensation, most of which were for loss of values ​​and to the reconstruction of the country. To make the story short, then NCT was established under the Compact of Free Association with the United States in 1986, but it is underfunded and bikinis had to send the claim to the Congress in the United States every year, each time the U.S. would deny the claim. United States does not adhere to the agreement and still have not bothered to compensate the islanders.

World’s biggest lie
It’s hard to crown the world’s greatest lie. In intentional policy where truth often is as rare as a KKK branch in Africa, a such title has many strong candidates in recent times. Iraq war. Vietnam. Watergate. Contras. Clinton / Lewinsky. Snowden.

Partying with expats at one of the local nightclubs

Partying with expats at one of the local nightclubs

The interesting thing is however not what is the greatest lie. The interesting thing is why governments choose to lie, even if it is likely to be revealed in the future, like U.S. intervention in Iraq and Vietnam under the allegation of mass destruction and expansion. The answer is probably simple. «Gains» are large and there are few downsides. With the exception of Watergate, the big lies of modern times resulted in few consequences for the involved leaders or governments.

In 1954, the U.S. triumphed over the successful testing of the hydrogen bomb, in response to the Soviet Union’s test in 1952. An important countermeasure under the arms race of the Cold War. At the same time they learned much about radioactivity on humans. A bonus! It is difficult to make an omelet without breaking a few eggs and it also sucks to pay for eggs when you don’t have to, but what does that matter if it is for the good of all mankind and it will end all wars.

 

Bought a whole 40 lb pig and Joe taught me to cook it using a Polynesian earth oven

Bought a whole 40 lb pig and Joe taught me to cook it using a Polynesian earth oven

 

Coconut rest with my new friend, Joe, a Tonga and Fiji rugby player

Coconut rest with my new friend, Joe, a Tonga and Fiji rugby player

 

The results after 1,5 hours dug under the earth on glowing lava rocks

The results after 1,5 hours dug under the earth on glowing lava rocks