Hiroshima – never again

Hiroshima Peace Park

Hiroshima Peace Park (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Today is the 70th anniversary of the USA dropping a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. This was the first of two nuclear bombs used towards the end of WWII – the only times they have been used in war.

I still remember going to Hiroshima in 1968 (when I was 7) and seeing the remains of one of the few buildings that remained standing after the bomb (above). I know there were many other mass bombings that were also horrific, but the use of nuclear bombs raised the stakes to a whole new level.

The world continues to spend a staggering $12 million every HOUR on nuclear weapons – weapons that can never be used without the risk of escalating to a broader nuclear exchange which would have horrific consequences.

Imagine what else we could do with the money.

On this significant day I remember all the people who suffered as a consequence of the dropping of the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and I honour the people who are committed to the struggle for a more peaceful and just world.

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About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, environmentalist, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace, sustainability.
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