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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