Archive for August 6th, 2015

06/08/2015

‘US Unleashing of Atomic Weapons against Civilian Populations Was a Criminal Act of the First Order’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Peter Symonds*

6 August 2015 (WSWS)* – Seventy years ago today, an American B-29 bomber dropped an atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The massive blast, equivalent to about 13,000 tonnes of TNT, killed 80,000 people, or 30 percent of the population, immediately or within hours and laid waste to much of the city. Three days later, on August 9, 1945, the US unleashed another atomic weapon on the city of Nagasaki, killing another 40,000 people outright.

**Image: Aircraft of the 509th Composite Group that took part in the Hiroshima bombing. Left to right: Big Stink, The Great Artiste, Enola Gay | Photo taken by Harold Agnew on Tinian Island in 1945 | Source: private collection of Harold Agnew | Wikimedia Commons

**Image: Aircraft of the 509th Composite Group that took part in the Hiroshima bombing. Left to right: Big Stink, The Great Artiste, Enola Gay | Photo taken by Harold Agnew on Tinian Island in 1945 | Source: private collection of Harold Agnew | Wikimedia Commons

Many more people died subsequently of their injuries, including from radiation sickness.

Estimates of the total number of men, women and children killed by the two bombs ranged from 200,000 to 350,000, just in the first four months.

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06/08/2015

US Will Never Apologize for Hiroshima, Nagasaki – President Truman’s Grandson

Human Wrongs Watch

Clifton Truman Daniel is the son of President Harry Truman’s only child – fiction writer Mary Margaret, and Clifton Daniel, who worked as managing director for the New York Times.

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06/08/2015

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Remembering the Power of Peace

Human Wrongs Watch

By Junichi Sato*

6 August 2015 – The fight against nuclear is steeped in Greenpeace history. On the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombings we’re reminded of the consequences of nuclear energy and the people’s movement to campaign for nuclear disarmament to create a safer and sustainable future for the people of Japan and the world.

Peace Doves - Hiroshima Atomic Bombing 60th Anniversary, Japan. 5 Aug, 2005 © Greenpeace / Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Greenpeace volunteer at the 60th Anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing in Japan, 2005. | Greenpeace/Jeremy Sutton-Hobbert

Seventy years ago, the world’s first atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, creating a “mushroom cloud” and killing more than 450,000 people.

The horror of these bombings has been an eternal memory for survivors, imprinted on the consciousness of people around the world, and a reminder of holding the further use of nuclear weapons in warfare at bay.

Fast-forward to 2011 when a tsunami, triggered by a magnitude earthquake measuring 9.0 rocked the northern part of Japan, resulting in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

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