In Memory of Hiroshima – 6 August 1945

Today, 06 August 2017, marks the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima by the United States.  I have written before my thoughts on this tragic event, and will not bore my readers with a repeat, however for new readers, I will include links at the end of this post.

In observance of the anniversary, Japan held their annual ceremony at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, attended by some 50,000 people representing 80 nations.  Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for global cooperation to end nuclear weapons.

“For us to truly realize a world without nuclear weapons, the participation of both nuclear weapon states and non-nuclear weapon states is necessary.”

Last month, the United Nations reached its first agreement to ban nuclear weapons. But Japan, along with the nine nuclear-armed nations, including the United States, refused to take part in the negotiations and the vote, saying it does nothing to counter the “grave threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear program.”

Japan already adheres to a policy of not possessing, producing or allowing nuclear weapons on its territory. It is the only country to have ever come under nuclear attack.

Today, the U.N. Secretary General António Guterres issued a message calling for the United States and other nuclear-armed countries to do more to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

“Our dream of a world free of nuclear weapons remains far from reality. The states possessing nuclear weapons have a special responsibility to undertake concrete and irreversible steps in nuclear disarmament.”

Contrary to the “dream of a world free of nuclear weapons”, in February Trump told Reuters that “if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack.”  Trump, in fact, has said some chilling things along these lines:

  • Trump said he might use nuclear weapons and questioned why we would make them if we wouldn’t use them. – March 2016
  • “Europe is a big place. I’m not going to take cards off the table.” (Answering a question whether he would ever ‘nuke’ Europe) – March 2016
  • Trump said that “you want to be unpredictable” with nuclear weapons – January 2016
  • Trump reiterated that it was important to be “unpredictable” with nuclear weapons – March 2016
  • Trump said he’d be OK with a nuclear arms race in Asia – May 2016

He has made other, similar comments, and I won’t go into detail here, but suffice it to say that he does not, apparently, realize what the use of nuclear weapons by any country on the globe would mean for the future of mankind. He needs to be educated.

In my opinion, the absolute worst invention in the world … ever … was the invention of nuclear weapons that are capable of killing hundreds of thousands of people in a matter of seconds.  This is not a toy, not something funny to play around with, and it is damn sure not something that should be used to threaten other nations.  Certainly Kim Jong-un in North Korea needs to be stopped from his childish threats, but responding to one threat with another is not the way to achieve world peace.

Today, let us simply remember the atrocities, the horrors, of August 6th and August 9th, 1945.  And let us hope that somehow, someday, we can have a world free of the nuclear threat.

In Memory …

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Related posts:

On President Obama’s Visit to Hiroshima

A Serious Conversation

20 thoughts on “In Memory of Hiroshima – 6 August 1945

  1. It seems to be part of human nature to try to build anything they think is possible. But the “normal” reaction after seeing the devastation the bomb caused in Hiroshima would have been to never touch anything like this again. Certainly not to build more of them, or bigger ones … Sigh. And regarding the game the current North Korean leadership is playing … completely insane. But that refers to the whole leadership, not only their weapons program.

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    • Yes, I often think about what the world would be like if, instead of building bombs, we put that talent and money into building something useful for humanity. Housing for the poor? More medical or environmental research? A machine that cleans baseboards, even! I am not one to make judgments or draw conclusions based on gender, but … and this I truly believe, I think if there were more women in positions of leadership, we would build less bombs and fund more humanitarian causes. I truly do not mean that in any way critical to men … but I think sometimes there is a … oh, perhaps battlefield mentality born and aided by testosterone? Just my thoughts on the matter, but one has to wonder.

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      • Well… you know there have been times I was constantly shouting “too much testosterone” in my comments 😉 So I do tend to agree. Although, if I look at Mrs. May, I am not sure if women are always the better leaders… she is one cold hearted politician… So, maybe it is true that power corrupts all but the purest minds? Or that rising to power requires you to shed your humanity? – Some exceptions of course, but only a few.

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        • Ha ha ha … I actually had you in mind when I made the comment about testosterone, for I remembered some of our previous conversations! And I DO believe it is true. Theresa May is … I rather think she is a cold-hearted, conniving manipulator. On the flip side, though, I see Angela Merkel as a kind, compassionate soul, though one who can be tough when the situation calls for it.

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  2. I have been to Hiroshima. It was poignant and moving. Our guide had made paper cranes for her tour group. It was a symbol of peace and still is in Japan.

    Any nuclear conflict, no matter who starts it (Trumpest is the most likely), will change the world forever. The pain and torment released on the innocent (no matter the country), would be nothing more than the act of a homicidal maniac, a mass killer who does not hold life sacred!😢

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  3. Dear Jill,
    This is why I hate any discussion about the possibility of a pre-emptive strike against N Korea which dhould be a non-starter. N Korea would attack S Korea at a minimum. Some pundit, a fool said well it would be away from the USA. Excuse me but those folks are supposed to be our allies/ friends. These conversations should be shut down, period.
    “We the people” have been lied to by our own government regarding at least 2 wars.
    The State Department designed to prevent war via diplomacy is being decimated by business/ transnational type leaders like DDT and T-Rex because diplomacy/ relationships are built over time and are not over a one time transaction when a disaster is imminent.
    Hugs, Gronda.
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    • I have to agree with you 100% Gronda. I think that neither DDT nor T-Rex are fully cognizant of what ANY nuclear strike would mean. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people dead, and that is just for starters! I wish, at the very least, processes would be put in place such that DDT would have to go through at a minimum Gens. Mattis and McMaster in order to launch a nuclear missile, and would hope for the same of North Korea. These are both temperamental man-children, both with egos the size of Texas and no moral compasses. This level of power does NOT belong in their tiny little hands! Hugs!!!

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  4. It’s not just a question of nuclear weapons, per se, but the proliferation of those weapons and the determination of some (who will not be mentioned) to even consider using them. Given human history a mistake is inevitable.

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    • Agreed. And the more there are, the more likely an accident, and then the other concern is … if everybody agreed to give them up tomorrow … how to safely dispose of them? We created a monster back in the 1940s …

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  5. It isn’t as easy as DT just going and pushing the red button. He would have to go through several layers of security. With the General in charge of advising him now, I feel somewhat safer. Also, DT has boasted in the past and not carried through. He has a large family isn’t stupid enough not to know what would happen in a nuclear conflict. —- Suzanne

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    • Unfortunately, while many believe he would have to have ‘permission’ to fire a nuclear missile, the reality is that, while it is protocol to call the Secretary of State, or the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to get his advisors’ counsel, he does not have to. And even if he did, and they counseled against it, he could still launch the missile at his own will.

      As for his conscience, for knowing he would be likely signing the death warrant for millions, including his own family … I don’t know. I look at how he treats his wife and youngest son and I don’t think he knows the meaning of the word “love”. I hope I’m wrong.

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  6. I agree that Kim Jong Un having this capability is chilling because his mental stability may be in doubt. But if his reign of terror should ever end and some kind of reconciliation be reached with South Korea the whole region will be much more stable.
    Trump may just be talking a good game in his eyes but he makes the world much more unstable when people think America is not to be trusted. I can’t see Russia ever giving up the bomb which probably mean the U.S. shouldn’t either But having them and using them must come to mean that they are nothing more than a balance which will stay unused and no more will be produced.
    xxx Cwtch Mawr xxx

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    • It is true that Kim Jong-un is of questionable maturity/sanity … but y’know, truth be told, I am more concerned about Trump having the nuclear codes than Jong-un. Trump is a loose cannon and I do not trust him not to just get up some morning in a grumpy mood and say, “the people of _______ (name a nation) have insulted me and I’m gonna teach them a lesson … now where is that red button …???”

      Putin has a more level head than either Trump or Jong-un, and frankly of the three, I trust him the most as far as being sensible enough to not engage in nuclear warfare. However, I trust him in no other way, nor Trump. So, in my book, we need to just simply be rid of them. But yes, I know that is naive on my part, and once the monkey was let out of the box, he could never be put back in. Sigh. This is what happens when we elect an idiot for prez. Sigh.

      xxx Cwtch xxx

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