Tuesday, August 6, 2013

68 Years Pass - When Will We Ever Learn

See the book Hiroshima Nagasaki by Paul Ham

August 6, 1945

"About 140,000 were killed in the days following the August 6, 1945 U.S. bombing of Hiroshima. Three days later, U.S. planes dropped a nuclear bomb on Nagasaki, killing about 70,000 more." ~ from Voice of America Japan Marks Hiroshima Bombing Anniversary

War is the result of political conflict between states and the price of that conflict is paid for with the lives of ordinary people, often women and children. 

The United States justified its action sixty-eight years ago when it dropped its first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6 and three days later dropped a second bomb on the city of Nagasaki. I'm not sure the U.S. would let any other country get away with this type of action today, whatever the justification. 

This act of extreme violence haunts me still today. We must learn to find other ways to settle conflicts, the acts of war is simply too barbaric.

1 comment:

  1. It makes me shudder, too. 140,000 people! And some of the people hit at Hiroshima fled to Nagasaki and were hit again. It's pretty much the worst thing humans have ever done, no matter the reason. It will always be shocking.