Wednesday, August 6, 2008

a hard rain's gonna fall

What has kept the world safe from the bomb since 1945 has not been deterrence, in the sense of fear of specific weapons, so much as it's been memory. The memory of what happened at Hiroshima.

John Hersey (1914-1993) American writer and journalist

The bomb was not only dropped on the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was dropped on the whole humanity.

Satoru Konishi (b. 1929) assistant general secretary of Nihon Hidankyo, an organization of survivors of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

on 6 august 1945 the united states dropped an atomic bomb named 'little boy' on the city of hiroshima, japan killing at least 140,000 people. tragically, three days later the united states dropped 'fat man' another weapon of mass destruction on nagasaki. according to information at the nagasaki peace park, the dead totaled 73,884, injured 74,909 and diseased several hundred thousand. we must never forget. we must work together to insure that this will never happen again. the only way to insure peace is to use peaceful means to get there.

to commemorate the day here's a vid of bob singing his classic a hard rain's gonna fall in 1964

photo: peace cranes draped on the soldiers' and sailors' monument in cleveland during an anti-war demonstration, march 2003.


R.L. Bourges said...

My favorite peace cranes are ... Japanese

bitchlet said...

I forgot about this but we need to remember.

Unknown said...

What troubles me always is how fast we forget and how quick we are to justify new destructive patterns.
Why, oh why, don't we learn.

Megan said...

Great, great post Mouse.

tut-tut said...

Just makes me want to put my head in my hands; but we have to move forward and work together.

Barbara said...

Everytime I am reminded of those bombs, I wonder if there wasn't some other way to end the war without so much injury and loss of life to innocent people.

Coffee Messiah said...

Nicely done! ; (

"I wonder if there wasn't some other way to end the war without so much injury and loss of life to innocent people."

I believe I'm still naive =

Why start one?

K. said...

One of the great songs ever, and a fascinating video. I have it scheduled for Katrina week.

Phyllis Hunt McGowan said...

I love the John Hersey quote. I think that, sadly, we're forgetting and the time is rolling around again where we are going to learn harsh lessons too late. I worry about what we'll tell our children and grandchildren when they ask us 'how could that happen?'- just like we ask now of history. We never learn. That's the tragedy.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

rlb - thanks for the link. what a beautiful vid!! gorgeous dancing cranes...and then there's the other birds - especially the babies!!!! I'm a sucker for all babies!

b - never forget!

av - in baby steps I believe we are learning..... but I am eternally optimistic

megan - thanks.

tut - yes!!

barb - think coffee has the answer that I like!

k - I'm sure your post for katrina week will be most powerful. thanks in advance I look forward to it.

the - hugs....

WAT said...

The bombs dropped in Japan were nothing compared to the nukes of today. I hope humanity can one day reach the point of just eliminating these horrible weapons as unnecessary and unbecoming of a civilization. Idealistic of me I suppose, but one can always hope.