Friday, August 05, 2005

Atom Bombs

Today is the 60th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

Here is what the U.S. did to this dense civilian center in Japan. Approximately 140,000 civilians were killed - 70,000 of those were instant.

Three days later we dropped another one on Nagasaki.
At least 100,000 civilian residents were killed in that attack.

The destruction of that many people in one moment is hard to comprehend.

Many argue that by dropping the bomb we showed how deadly it was, thereby preventing an ultimately greater number of deaths through ongoing warfare. I can't help but think this notion is wishful thinking, a way to save ourselves from the ramifications of what we did. Regardless, I don’t think anyone can dispute the inhumanity of dropping a nuclear bomb on a densely populated civilian center. If we wanted to show that we had it, why couldn’t it have been dropped in a rural area? Likewise, if it was for the purpose of showing the Japanese they were in for complete destruction, wouldn’t just the one bombing do well enough? Why Nagasaki? I think it’s because the U.S. wanted to show the world it is more than capable of being completely ruthless in its cruelty. This is why we are the super power.