Thursday, August 9, 2012

The world's worst day in modern time

Today has a dubious place in the history of not only the United States... but of the world.  On this date in 1945, the last nuclear bombed to be dropped in war was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan.  It is estimated that over 60,000 - 80,000 people died immediately and thousands more followed from related injuries and radiation.

Today we are willing to go to war to prevent "suspicious-hostile" countries from getting the bomb...but really...would any country drop a bomb on another knowing that in a few minutes the retaliation will wipe their country off the face of the earth..and them too I might add ..????

We now have many people who believe that dropping the bomb was not necessary..but it took two such bombs to get Japan to surrender!  Though we hate to think about the horror this act caused it might also be good for us to reflect on the outcome over all....there has never been another dropped!

Fat Man, as the bomb was named, started an era of negotiation and fear that has managed to keep nuclear weapons at bay...tho..the terribleness of war has pervaded every continent except our own....

As we look back we must wonder at the decision of Truman's to do this and the fact that he said he never regretted doing it!

***It is interesting to note that the energy released from the tsunami that hit Indonesia in 2004 was 1500 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and the energy released from the   tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 was 600 million times more powerful that that bomb.

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