Saturday, August 6, 2011

66th Anniversary of Hiroshima Atomic Bombing

Today is the 66th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Hiroshima has the unlucky privilege of being the place where the world's first atomic bomb attack took place on August 6, 1945. The bomb killed anywhere between 90,000–166,000 people in the first few months and most of the causalities were civilians. Three days later, the second a-bomb was dropped on Nagasaki killing 60,000–80,000 more people.

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.

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