Friday, August 6, 2010

+65 Years Later+

Hello People,

Just wanted to remind people that today is the 65th anniversary of when the US dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan. There are many different ways one can approach this subject and debate on whether the A-Bomb should have been used or not. I will avoid all discussion of that here and just remind people that this happened in real life and it affected the all directly and indirectly involved as well as change the course of human history from that day forward. Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction.


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Also here's an interesting blurb I found on the AP:

From the AP:

(AP) HIROSHIMA, Japan -- A U.S. representative participated for the first time Friday in Japan's annual commemoration of the American atomic bombing of Hiroshima, in a 65th anniversary event that organizers hope will bolster global efforts toward nuclear disarmament.

The site of the world's first A-bomb attack echoed with the choirs of schoolchildren and the solemn ringing of bells Friday as Hiroshima marked its biggest memorial yet. At 8:15 a.m. - the time the bomb dropped, incinerating most of the city - a moment of silence was observed.

Hiroshima's mayor welcomed Washington's decision to send U.S. Ambassador John Roos to Friday's commemoration, which began with an offering of water to the 140,000 who died in the first of two nuclear bombings that prompted Japan's surrender in World War II.

Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba is also hoping that President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, an idea that Obama has said he would like to consider but that would be highly controversial and unprecedented for a sitting U.S. president.

"We need to communicate to every corner of the globe the intense yearning of the survivors for the abolition of nuclear weapons," Akiba told the 55,000 people at the ceremony.

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