Saturday, August 6, 2011
66th Anniversary of Hiroshima Atomic Bombing
In my personal ethics class we discussed the ethical dilemma of terrorism and Hiroshima and Nagasaki were mentioned as an example of U.S. terrorism. While many people disagreed with calling this tragedy "terrorism," I have a hard time considering bombs dropped on citizens and surgical clinics as anything but.
Now, I don't really care to get into whether or not terrorism is ever necessary, since the case can definitely be made either way. Really I just want to share this poem by Janice Mirikitani we read in my International Literature class. It's about Mirikitani's experience visiting Hiroshima and the infamous "Human Shadow Etched in Stone." People believe the spot was made by someone sitting on the steps waiting for the bank to open. When the bomb fell, the intense heat lightened the area all around the person and left an imprint of their "shadow." Whether or not you agree with the decision to drop the bombs, the loss of human life should always be remembered.