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Offbeat  (tags: life, gratitude, Hiroshima no Pika, Toshi Maruki, hiroshima, compassion, Morris Gleitzman, Holocaust, books, fear, pictures, children )

- 3137 days ago -
This morning I read 'Hiroshima no Pika' by Toshi Maruki and thanked the universe that I was suffering from a viral infection that would pass in time, and not the lasting and devastating effects of radiation sickness.


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Sunday November 14, 2010, 5:56 am
Thannxxx we have so much to be grateful for...

Bon L (0)
Monday November 15, 2010, 4:54 am
Thanks for the info.

Past Member (0)
Monday November 15, 2010, 8:25 am
noted and thanks. i know that the US dropped these bombs, but let's all remember why. Several attempts were made to get Japan to sign a peace treaty and end the war especially after peace was declared in Europe. U.S. military were being mutilated and dying by the thousands every week fighting the war in the Pacific. The Emperor of Japan refused to consider any ending to the war unless and until Japan was completely victorious. He flat our refused to end the war, even after the first bomb was dropped. Maybe the Emperor should also be remembered for the stubborn, willful, arrogant, uncaring, selfish leader of Japan that he truly was. He did bring the U.S. into the war with his little "surprise" attack on Pearl that killed thousands with all the bombs that Japan dropped there. Those lives are also forever gone too. So, when we consider Japan's issues in World War 2, let's us consider everyone who led to the horrible events of that war.

Bruce Eyster (62)
Monday November 15, 2010, 12:45 pm
Noted , thanks for posting this .

" No one lives outside the walls of this sacred place, existence."
St. Francis of Assisi
( 1182- 1226)

Past Member (0)
Monday November 15, 2010, 1:07 pm
war is hell on earth...if you want to know hell that would be the place to find it...we are capable of great and wonderful deeds but also terrible and evil deeds...those folks that are able live peaceful good lives are blessed and have much to be thankful for

Catherine Turley (192)
Monday November 15, 2010, 2:20 pm
if i could only dissociate myself from the ongoing, worldwide animal holocaust, i might be able to feel grateful.

ewoud k (68)
Monday November 15, 2010, 3:28 pm
These two bombs on Japan did undoubtedly something to Japanese leaders so they surrendered to the allies, but at what a cost.

Seconly, even without these two bombs the war would have ended soon, one or two days later, with undoubtedly more allied casualties, but far less civil casualties, and these civil casualties were, if not dead, in a very bad shape.

Thirdly, and maybe this was the most "real" reason for dropping these two bombs, the Cold War was preparing, end the US wanted to show the Russians that they were able to drop a fonctioning nuclear bomb, and that the first one wasn't a "beginner's luck" but that they could repeat the explosion.

Take a look at some documentary about nuclear bombs, or watch "Hiroshima mon amour" by Alain Renais, to get an idea (just an idea, reality was much worse) of what nuclear warfare means.

No end ever justify nuclear means.

No nukes, not now, not ever.

Nowadays nuclear bombs make the two "japanese" bombs look like simple fireworks, so unless you are planning to shut down Planet Earth forever, don't mess with nukes.

Teresa K (33)
Monday November 15, 2010, 3:45 pm
Noted and thank you.

Naoko i (257)
Monday November 15, 2010, 4:21 pm
Thanks for the comments, everyone. Especially Tori and ewould, for expressing your insight and valuable opinions. Tori, I'm not ignoring the deaths, tragedy and sufferings of the US militaries. It was very stupid for Japan to start the Pacific War.

Regardless of the reasons behind the US dropping atomic bombs, it is true that the Japanese military had been stubborn and stupid. Still I wonder if it is really neccessary to drop those devastating bombs just "to end the war."

. (0)
Monday November 15, 2010, 4:23 pm
While my father was dying of pancreatic cancer in 2005, every day he wore a cap that said "Life is Good". He felt every day he was still here, he was still alive, and took part as best as he could.
I would not call this my philosophy, but it certainly gave him direction, and a belief. To that extent, I believe in my father's view.

Naoko i (257)
Monday November 15, 2010, 4:35 pm
Allan, I pay may sincere respect to your father. What a courageous soul he was. Yes Life is Good, it should be.

Penelope Ryan (178)
Monday November 15, 2010, 6:57 pm
I find having come through a major illness I am grateful for life. I do agree with Catherine Turley, the world wide abuse of animals is gut wretching and it disturbs me greatly. Thank you for the post Naoko

Selma A (44)
Monday November 15, 2010, 10:08 pm
I visited the museum in Hiroshima many years ago while stationed in Iwakuni. Some of the images and stories will stay with me forever. What they did was wrong but what we did in retaliation was truly horrific. I hope no country ever uses nuclear weapons again.

James S (61)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 3:55 am
Thank you. I agree, feel blessed but sometimes it's hard to think that life is good while worrying about all those who are suffering, especially our animal friends who are brutalized on such a mass scale, all day, every day... and for what? A pork chop?
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