Sunday, August 6, 2017

Hiroshima Anniversary - August 6, 1945

The start of the nuclear age is full of all sorts of second guessing. A major reason is due to the fact it is already fading into the mists of time.

A major reason for the bombing campaigns was to destroy the will of the people to resist. The attack on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and soon followed by Nagasaki on August 9 for all practical purposes ended the War.

Now, looking back, it is easy to say what a horrible thing it was to destroy two cities so abruptly. No matter what the rationalization.

My one boss had been in the Army in Belgium and Germany and at the time the bombs were dropped was on a troopship that had just gone through the Panama Canal on the way to Japan. To say he was appreciative of Harry Truman would be an understatement.

Wars are genuinely horrifying events that it would be nice to say should never be permitted to happen. But they do! Whether by intent or error we seem to find ourselves swept up by them.

People get filthy rich, power transfers and often the seeds for the next conflict are planted.

Any survivors of Hiroshima would be in their 80s or 90s and probably in nursing homes or wherever so society basically has written them off. Just like the news media in general.

So soon we forget the past and then are doomed to repeat it.