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I caught this amazing documentary on HBO last night about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. If you get a chance please see it, but I will give you a warning it is NOT for the faint of heart. There are very graphic moments, and if you have a weak stomach it may be a bit much.

I pray with all my heart that everyone who sees this understands why we should never ever use nuclear weapons again.

http://www.hbo.com/apps/schedule/Sch...OCUS_ID=621813
post #2 of 10
i have seen alot of those, movies and pics,
shodows burned into a wall, the effects of people dying, It really is something from a nitemare.

i even have some pics taken from family that was in japan right afer the war.
i do wonder if that is why 2 uncles died of cancer later in life.
'Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds
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i have seen alot of those, movies and pics,
shodows burned into a wall, the effects of people dying, It really is something from a nitemare.
This one actually talks to survivors, and touches on their lasting medical issues. Also, they showed footage of the day after the bombing. I don't think I'll be able to get that out of my mind ever again.
post #4 of 10
some how, i dont think,we ever should get those out.
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some how, i dont think,we ever should get those out.
True... my biggest fear is that we will forget our past and some how do it again.
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True... my biggest fear is that we will forget our past and some how do it again.
Unfortunately history has shown us that generally we don't forget our past and still do it again
post #7 of 10
One of the truly sad things that was right in the beginning is that the Japanese youth living in those cities didn't even know that something important happened on those dates.

WWII isn't taught much in Japanese schools, because they are ashamed of their past. So it really is being lost. The government and the Japanese people turned their backs on and shunned the survivors. They didn't want to be reminded that they lost.

Very sad, indeed...
post #8 of 10
I think nuclear weapons should be destroyed.

Nucs aren't funny, they not only kill people, but those that do survive had appendages that fall off and and their generations suffer since the gases still remain years and years later.

If I remember right a lot of people living in the desert areas of the U.S. have a higher rate of cancer because they happen to live close to the testing grounds for the atomic bombs.

This is why I don't worry about global warming as much...I'm just afraid that we're going kill our own kind.
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True... my biggest fear is that we will forget our past and some how do it again.
Unfortunately, you have a genuine basis for that fear. If there's one thing that history consistently shows, it's that each generation needs to learn by making its own mistakes, and that those mistakes are generally of the same nature. This is especially scary when one considers how many nuclear weapons are in existence, and even scarier when one learns how many of those nuclear weapons aren't under adequate safeguards and controls or are even missing, their whereabouts unknown.

I grew up during the height of the cold war. I remember "duck and cover" and my father stockpiling civil defense supplies in the basement. I remember when fallout shelters were the rage. Nuclear weapons have been pretty much a non-issue since the fall of the Soviet Union, but the problems is that they're still there and that this generation doesn't know and won't learn from the fears and mistakes of the previous generation about the horrors of nuclear weapons and nuclear war.

Although the chance of a full-blown nuclear war between two superpowers has been eliminated, I think I can be reasonably certain in saying that at some time there will be a nuclear weapon detonated somewhere by someone. Whether it's one nation attacking another or the act of a terrorist group I don't know. I think more likely the latter. But we should be prepared to deal with that possibility. Not acknowledging that it could happen will be a case of not learning from the mistakes of the past.
post #10 of 10
Years ago, I met a teacher when I was in school and he had been to Hiroshima. He brought back a book called "Children of Hiroshima" and it was a compilation of what many children had experienced that day. It really hit me hard then what had happened. I was only about 11 when I read that book and I spent all my free time sitting in the classroom reading it.
It doesn't seem to be easy to find anymore - it was published in 1982. I would love to find it again. It was amazing.
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