THINKING BEYOND WAR AND VIOLENCE
In the month of August 1945, Japan witnessed the most horrific human carnage. Two nuclear bombs plummeted from United States warplanes killing thousands. Some estimates put the death toll at over 200,000 within the first two months due to the affects of the radiation. Within months, people succumbed to burns, radiation sickness and other illness from these toxic man made weapons. To date survivors suffer cancerous disease and other radiological side affects.
The majority of those who suffer and/or died were innocent civilians, killed because those in government decided war was the answer. The use of these horrific weapons was applauded in the West. Despite the brutal massacre, the US readied to use more. Seeing what humans are actually capable of, the Japanese Emperor surrendered.
In his declaration he referred to the atomic bombings:
“the enemy now possesses a new and terrible weapon with the power to destroy many innocent lives and do incalculable damage. Should we continue to fight, not only would it result in an ultimate collapse and obliteration of the Japanese nation, but also it would lead to the total extinction of human civilization.”
Political and academic circles continue to debate the “ethics” of this genocidal instrument. Stating that the war would have caused more carnage if they weren’t used.