Hiroshima 75 Years On

In the wake of the explosion in Lebanon yesterday, we observe the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima and the first atomic bomb. It is sad to think that Harry Truman and the American Government had so little respect for the human race that they decided to kill tens of thousands of in the hopes that they could invade Japan and end their petty war. 1945 was a difficult time for everyone with the bombing marking the end of World War two and some experts argue that the bomb kick-started the cold war, with USA and Soviet relations deteriorating Truman and many of his advisers hoped that the U.S. atomic monopoly might sway with the Soviets. Sadly this was not to be.

If U.S. officials truly believed that they could use their atomic prowess for diplomatic success, they had little time to put their plan into action. By 1949, the Soviets had developed their own atomic bomb and the nuclear arms race began. These actions prove that fighting violence with violence is clearly not the way to end a war. It’s easy to look back with hindsight and see where it could have been done differently.

The Japanese government have once again asked for an end to nuclear weapon research and a ban on the use of such resources. For the good of humanity, I wish we would stop, there is no need to sacrifice innocent lives for whatever good the government think they are doing. The explosion in Lebanon was sadly caused by improperly stored Ammonium Nitrate seized from the Russians of all people. With thousands killed because it exploded a grain silo next to it, the effects were obviously devastating and the videos from people are heartbreaking.

My thoughts are with those suffering and I wish all this senseless violence would end, it would be nice to have some kind of semblance of positivity and unity in a world which quite frankly is in disarray.

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