Today, in 1945, at 8:15 AM, the atomic bomb known as Little Boy left the bombay of the U.S. bomber known as The Enola Gay. 57 seconds later it exploded over the city of Hiroshima and its civilian population.
The United States of America is still the only country to use nuclear weapons against humans – including children.
4 thoughts on “>lest we forget”
>and I always wondered why they used it against Japan, but not against the Nazis…
>Harry, thanks for stopping by. I know there are lots of theories around the use of the atomic bombs against Japan. As I understand it the war with Germany was over and, even though the war with Japan was essentially over (they said they wanted to surrender and put down their arms, but with some conditions, which the U.S. rebuffed), the U.S. had strategic reasons to use the bomb. That is, make Japan surrender unconditionally, and more critical to the plan, to show Stalin what the U.S. had in its arsenal. In essence the two bombs dropped on Japan (only the first two of ten planned) was a means of flexing some muscles in anticipation of a new world order following the war – at the expense of Japan’s civilian population. That is the theory that makes the most sense to me, and the one I find most disgusting.
>Thank you for reminding us of this awful day in history…I’d forgotten the anniversary was today until I came across your post.
>Leah, thanks for your comments. I actually didn’t remember until I was watching Democracy Now online today.