Hiroshima Marks Bomb Anniversary With Hope for US Change

Agence France-Presse reports: "The mayor of Hiroshima on Wednesday urged the next US president to work to abolish atomic weapons as the city marked the 63rd anniversary of the world's first nuclear attack. Some 45,000 people, including Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, gathered at a memorial to the dead within sight of the A-bomb dome, a former exhibition hall burned to a skeleton by the bomb's incinerating heat. They stood up and offered silent prayers at 8:15 am, the exact moment in 1945 when a single US bomb instantly killed more than 140,000 people and fatally injured tens of thousands of others with radiation or horrific burns. Delivering a speech at the memorial, Hiroshima mayor Tadatoshi Akiba noted the United States was one of only three countries which oppose a UN resolution submitted by Japan calling for the abolition of nuclear arms."



Hiroshima: a wake-up call to our neglected conscience

63 years ago, for the first time in the history of mankind, US military dropped a nuclear bomb. Its target on August 6th at 8.15 am was the city of Hiroshima in South Japan. Only three days later, the second nuclear bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. 140,000 people died in Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945 and 73,000 a short time later in Nagasaki.



The Lies of Hiroshima Live On, Props in the War Crimes of the 20th Century

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Targeting civilians: The Path to Hiroshima and Nagasaki

by Kevin Young


How did the sort of logic that condoned the targeting of civilian populations prevail over the countervailing moral norms codified in international law in previous decades? As historians have pointed out, the development of the military tactic of ‘area bombing’ early in the war was a crucial stepping stone to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Area bombing refers to the aerial use of explosive and/or incendiary bombs against entire geographic areas, usually cities, rather than against conventional military targets. The logic of area bombing expands the definition of ‘military’ to include industries, residential areas, and even the working population of laborers involved in economic production...


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