As a Utah Downwinder, I fight depressing ideas every August 6, and August 9.
The first atomic bomb used in war was dropped by my nation on August 6, 1945. The second, on August 9. Hiroshima, then Nagasaki, were the targets.
I know the arguments, both ways. I feel certain my Uncle Leo B. Stewart’s life was saved by the bombs — and the lives of probably two or three million more Americans, and five or ten million Japanese. And still I am troubled.
I’m troubled that there seems to be so little attention paid to the anniversary in the U.S. Year by year, it gets tougher to get news out of remembrance ceremonies in Japan. Here are some Twitter notes on the day. I may be back with more, later.
This comes from a pseudo-Truman, but it’s an accurate reflection of the angst Truman went through; once he made the decision, he did not have doubts that it was the right one.
Fortunately, in 68 years since, no other nuclear device has ever been used in war. May we have a planet that never sees their use in war, again.
- Hiroshima commemorates 68th atomic bombing anniversary (japandailypress.com)
- Japan Marks Hiroshima Bombing Anniversary (voanews.com)
- Song from Hiroshima on the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing (peaceblog.wordpress.com)
- Japan marks 68th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing (panarmenian.net)
- Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub post on the anniversary in 2012; 2011 post, featuring a short, touching film on remembrance and hope for peace