70 Years After Hiroshima

Posted by Peadar Rice at

Today the 6th of August, marks the anniversary of the worlds first nuclear attack. At 8:15am, a bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, which killed 80,000 people instantly and another 60,000 in the months that followed. As we remember the brutality that was wrought on Hiroshima and three days later Nagasaki, we must ask ourselves: As a race of people, have we not learned anything?

In a rational world, the very images and details of the absolute savagery that was inflicted on those cities, would have been enough to ensure that nuclear weapons were never used again. However, seventy years later nine countries now share an arsenal of these weapons, that are thought to contain over 17,000 warheads*.

It is now widely acknowledged that climate change is bringing our planet to the brink of destruction. It is no longer possible to argue that human activities have not caused immense damage and destruction to the earth.

We know that failure to act immediately means that we are as surely doomed as we would be from the results of nuclear warfare. Despite this, just like nations that continue to develop and stockpile nuclear warheads, we are leading to our own Mutual Assured Destruction by refusing to address the damage that we have done and blindly continue to do.

* Federation of American Scientists 18/12/2012

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