Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Hiroshima Anniversary

It was on this day in 1945 America dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.
From What Really Happened:

Today is the anniversary of the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. A stark reminder that despite all the rhetoric about the threat of Iraq and Iran's non-existent weapons of mass destruction, one and only one nation has ever used nuclear weapons on a civilian population, and that nation is the United States of America. Despite propaganda about necessity and live saved by use of the bomb, history records that Japan knew the war was lost and had already decided to surrender by the time the bomb was used. But Truman, having missed a chance to demonstrate the weapon on Germany, went ahead with the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki primarily to demonstrate to the rest of the world, and the USSR in particular, that the USA had the political will to use such weapons.

So, for the United States to speak critically of other nations' desire to build such weapons, is truly the pot calling the kettle black!

Let's never ignore the wars and injustices going on. Dialogue and action is crucial. As Isabel Allende said, "How can one not speak about war, poweverty, and inequality when people who suffer from these afflications don't have a voice to speak?"

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