Saturday, August 8, 2015

Notations For the Week-End (Special Edition): Nagasaki


At approximately 11 AM Local time on Sunday August 9, a minute of silence was observed in Nagasaki on the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Nagasaki. 70,000 people lost their lives.   BBC Carried it live Worldwide as our team researched images of that day in 1945 when the Bomb dropped and today under the guise of the Peace Statue.

The Mayor of Nagasaki implored the Government of Japan and the World to rid the World of Nuclear Weapons.  Although there are some who note Japan's sense of victim-hood despite all that it was responsible for throughout World War II, the reality remains that Japan has been the only victim of the Atom Bomb as the World continues to be on the edge of the abyss.   Our team has noted the continued conflicts on its' Daily Twitter Feed on the challenge on the India-Pakistan Border as just one example.    

The Japanese Prime Minister also spoke to underscore Japan's commitment without directly mentioning his efforts to reinterpret the post-war Constitution.    Before he spoke at the Nagasaki Peace Park in the shadow of the giant statue, one of the survivors spoke of the horror of that day.  He was 16 years old on that day and recounted the horror and the subsequent agony he had to undergo for years.    

 It is critical ever more that the story of Hiroshima and Nagasaki continues to be told even after the survivors are gone.    The future of our planet depends on it.       

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