This will be a short post. I’ve written on this subject many times over the years, and still it appears, like an annual carcinoma.
Two days ago, on August 6th, the world – or, at least, parts of it – ‘celebrated’ the 70th anniversary of the United States (with the full support of its major allies) subjecting a heavily-populated city to an instant rise in temperature of 60 million degrees.
Both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs were optimized for the burning of civilians. They were carefully constructed for that purpose by the scientists of the Manhattan Project. Thousands were immediately annihilated and perpetual suffering created for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, from the ongoing generational effect of intense radiation.
“Hiroshima” – one only has to say the word to comprehend its horrific meaning, the depths to which human beings sink in their treatment of one another. It was the first of two of the greatest war crimes in our history – Nagasaki was the close second.
The BBC dutifully remembered, as it does every year, those events of seventy years ago. At the end of its website report it asked the same old question – as it does every year:
“Was it right to drop the bomb on Hiroshima?”
Out come the same old platitudes we’ve all heard multitudinous times from those responsible for, or in favor of, the atrocities. As though repeating them will somehow ease the weight on their guilt-ridden souls. Guilt for two unspeakable acts of barbarism. For which no-one, except the victims, has ever paid the price.
Isn’t it time we stopped asking that ridiculous question?
To continue to do so is merely to admit we still don’t know the meaning of ‘right’ from ‘wrong’.