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PLEASE REMEMBER: Saturday August 6 2011 Is Hiroshima Day

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As we near the advent of the 66th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, August 6 1945 and the bombing a few days later of Nagasaki a grim kind of similarity is evident in Japan today.


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Ellen m (215)
Friday August 5, 2011, 10:20 pm
Cal, no one should ever forget! While it may have stopped one war, it also started an arms race that is still goimg on today, not to mention where we now stand with nuclear power.
I also think that it led to a desensitisation to the pain and suffering of others, which is clearly visable in just about every country on earth.

Matthew L. (0)
Saturday August 6, 2011, 1:40 pm
I don't want to come off being nasty, but the Japanese started it when they bombed Pearl Harbor and committed many war crimes in the pacific. My dad is a world war II veteran stationed in the pacific. If we did not drop the bomb, we would of invaded Japan where many more lives would been lost on both sides. But once we invented this terrible weapon, our allies as well as our potential enemies would want this in their arsenal. I think we should get rid of these W.M.D.s. How do we trust other countries that they got rid of these weapons. I am not worried about Russia, but on the fanatical terrorist that wants to detonate one of these in NYC. I feel by the U.S.A. having nukes can be used as a deterrent but as a means of revenge. .

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday August 6, 2011, 6:54 pm
we must never forget this !!

Vinnie m (333)
Saturday August 6, 2011, 7:38 pm
I'm a Baby-Boomer so I remember it well. Yes you're right Matthew L., they started it but it's time to let go. Not forget but move on. After the Earthquake and Tsunami that hit Japan I reached out my hand and made a Japanese friend. My Father too was in the Navy during WW2..

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday August 6, 2011, 7:57 pm
Yes, this indeed needs to be remembered. Thank you for doing something on it. I am late on this myself to send around something to remember this date, had a talk to give today so I was busy preparing. That is quite a photo up top, moves and all, didn't know you could do that in that spot.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Saturday August 6, 2011, 9:56 pm

Ralph F (70)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 1:21 am
Cannot forget, even if I wanted to.

. (0)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 3:48 am
@ Matthew. -- "If we did not drop the bomb, we would of invaded Japan where many more lives would been lost on both sides" - That is the propaganda the US public was fed to justify murdering tens of thousands of inocent civilians? (Along with truman's lies about Hiroshima being a military target)

There was absolutely no need to drop the bombs. I have no doubt, as did many others at the time, a demonstration of the power of the bomb to the Japanese government would have been enough to stop the war.

. (0)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 3:52 am
There was absolutely NO justification to drop the bombs. The US is guilty of one of the vilest crimes against humanity! But then, I guess if lies about invisible WMD's are enough to start a war, lies about "military targets" are justification for dropping insane bombs?

Naoko i (257)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 6:27 am
Hiroshima/Nagasaki and Fukushima...only the victims would have right to say they are "similar"...yet they are so different.

Dominic Delarmente (33)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 8:23 am
I will never forget what happen, the outcome up to this date, the power of this energy.Thanks Cal or sharing

Asiatic Lion (49)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 8:28 am
no one can forget...but have we learned from it?

. (0)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 9:14 am
I'm not "trying to re-write history John -- Here are the FACTS -- There was absolutely no reason to drop any bombs, let alone two -- The following is a [sickening] explanation from"

"The “revisionist” view is bolstered by the decision to destroy both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. If the object were solely Japanese surrender, then one bomb – or, as some scientists proposed, even a demonstration test before captured Japanese generals – would have been enough. The only possible reason for this double destruction was to ensure that both the uranium - based bomb (used on Hiroshima) and the plutonium – based design (used on Nagasaki) would function under combat conditions, and that the Soviets would receive an object lesson in their efficacy and – equally important to Truman and Churchill – the will of the Americans to use them in combat."

THE JAPANESE WERE USED AS "GUINEA PIGS"! -- (And America is guilty of one of the most heinous of crimaes against humanity!)

ewoud k (68)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 1:08 pm
Indeed, as quotes David, the two bombs weren't needed to make Jpan surrender -surrender was already near, almost signed.

It was the beginning of the cold war, the Sovjets "needed a lesson", they needed to be impressioned by American military -and nuclear- force. As the Japanese were considered ennemies and barbarians, it was an easy desicion to choose them as an example of what could be done with an A- and a H-bomb.

It was just dirty politics, dirty politics that cost the lives of lots and lots of innocent people.

This should indeed be remembered, but all sides of the story, not just the "the Japanese were the bad guys"-side.

Thanks for posting Cal.

Rita C (0)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 2:14 pm
Just watched a Documentary on Hiroshima on Al Jeezeera. A doctor who was present to witness the effects on human life and who has dedicated his life to activism regarding radiation poisoning talked extensively concerning the lies told by the United States and being sworn to secrecy regarding the extensive, planned study of radiation effects immediately following the bombing.

Dotti L (85)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 2:23 pm
Noted and signed. That was yesterday, Aug. 6. I was a mere chld, but can still remember it.

David C (80)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 2:27 pm
may we never have atrocity like this again....

Anis Kureshi (49)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 2:32 pm
It's true unforgettable day, lesson for every country even for who done it????

Rev. Joe F (0)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 4:07 pm
OK, Now let's remember Iraq and Afganistan DEAD AMERICAN TROOPS and wasted opportunity at home.
Let's remember the bastards that are stealing the American lifestyle with their greed.
It's time to focus on TODAY....We are getting bombed and don't even realize it.

. (0)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 4:30 pm
I feel for those that are still suffering today because of the radiation.

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 4:32 pm
Harry Truman had good reason to believe that the Japanese would fight as hard for their home islands as they did on Okinawa and Iwo Jima, so he decided to use this new weapon to end the war before an invasion of the main Japanese islands began and in the process saved many American and Japanese lives.

. (0)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 4:45 pm
Have you read any of the comments here Craig, or do you just believe all the propaganda your government feeds you? -- Harry Truman lied to the American people, telling them that Hiroshima was a "military target" in order to justify his atrocity, not a city full of innocent civilians. Truman is guilty of crimes against humanity.

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 5:13 pm
I mark the week of 6-13 August as the time when tactical use of nuclear weapons ended the Pacific War of WW2 and promoted a refusal by the world's powers never again to use nuclear devices in a first-strike attack. I'm fully supportive of properly designed and maintained nuclear power systems (which excludes Fukushima because of known maintenance lapses and problems at the plant), on account of my experience with nucclear submarine engineering back in 1976-1988. I would, however, enjoy the gradual replacement of power facilities using limitted fissible fuel resources with power plants using essentially unlimitted geothermal boiler steam, as well as use of wind turbines, solar concentrators, and oceanic harvesting platforms to energise the power grids of our future.

Tamie R (2)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 5:18 pm
This is noted and thanks for helping us to remember. Have we learned from this....well, my father was in WWII and in the Pacific Theatre, he always said, when he died, he was going to go to heaven, he had already spent his timein hell. RIGHT THERE.....Now to those waysayers, things happened many years ago that cannot be changed, no sense in arguing about them. Please make sure the same atrocities do not happen again. I live in the USA, to me the greatest country in the world, nothing will ever change that, not history, or anything else. I believe if you come here to live, become a citizen, take a stand and learn the Pledge of Allegiance, and learn the language, English. If you do not want to give up your "things" to live in this country, don't come here, stay where you are and live how you are living. Apparently it isn't as bad as you think. Remember history or it will repeat itself.....

Michael Carney (217)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 5:32 pm
Noted, a very sad Anniversary, of one of the most terrible days in the history of mankind, and I pray nothing like this ever happens again...

Ancil S (175)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 8:56 pm
I agree with Michael,a sad day indeed.We need to ban all nuclear weapons and nuclear energy as well.My dream/vision,is we go to clean energies,and abolish all weapons of war.Our planet Earth,and us Humans would benefit greatly.We would have a clean future without the fear of nuclear annihilation,and we would be a true civilized world.

Donn M (56)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 11:11 pm
Truly a tragic event that should be remembered in the hope that it will keep such a horrific thing from happening again. The Japanese leaders are the ones who bear full responsibility for the lives lost that day, and if it saved American lives that would have been lost in an invasion of Japan then I can not condemn the decision. Japan started the war and we finished it. War is hell, too bad it seems such a tough lesson for humanity to learn.

Star S. (54)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 11:45 pm
Cal thank you for reminiding me of the anniversary of this singularly horrific act. Never was there are more abominable act committed- worst than the holocaust.My greatest wish that no man, race or country experience such a horror again, although I fear that the people who control this planet will not hesitate to use nuclear weapons to reduce and prune the earth's population to suit their ultimate goals. There are people who have submitted PHD's advocating the use of nuclear weapons "to prune" the world's population, and who occupy positions of power e.g as advisors to heads of states! Too bad that they were not on site after the atom bombs fell on HIroshima and Nagasaki to witness what true horror is...

Ellen m (215)
Sunday August 7, 2011, 11:46 pm
I went to a saturday many candles for so many causes..thanks again Cal

greenplanet e (155)
Monday August 8, 2011, 12:37 am
No more nuclear bombs and weapons, and decommission existing stockpiles.

Monday August 8, 2011, 4:00 am
David Buchan - what a load of armchair amateur lefty pseudo-history bullocks – where did you get it from – your Sheila’s baaaing in the shearing shed? If you could read I would send you a first-hand account of an Australian soldier’s diary of his experiences with brave peaceful Japanese and their lovely holiday camps they set up for allied POWs. Grow up!

Walter Firth (45)
Monday August 8, 2011, 4:52 am
Right Bernard.I suggest some people read what has been described as Australia's holocaust,the Sandakan death march.,Only six survived it.No infamy could equal it.It is hard to feel sympathy for the Japanese who lived at that time,their cruelty and barbaric acts were unimaginable.

. (0)
Monday August 8, 2011, 5:45 am
I gave my source Bernard. I would prefer that people comment on the story, not on me. (it's care2 policy)Thank you. -- Walter that was 60 years ago. How long does your hate last?

Calliope S (47)
Monday August 8, 2011, 8:43 am
If there is anybody left believing that this unfathomable hell was justified in any way whatsoever? If so, they are not only horribly deluded but immersed in a deep slumber of indoctrination. For the free thinkers, there is NEVER EVER any justification for any act of aggression. I am certain that most humans would rather not engage in war. The tragedy is that these very same people are convinced by the masters of deceit that wars are necessary to protect their sovereign state. Justifying urgent military action is called for using the well versed and successful trick.

"Perhaps the most commonly used war pretext device is an apparently
Unprovoked enemy attack. Through history, such "attacks" have been
Deliberately incited, completely fabricated, allowed to occur, or
Engineered and then blamed on the desired enemy. The event is then
Exploited to arouse widespread public sympathy for the victims, to demonise
The attackers and to build widespread support for military "retaliation"
Among the general population, as well as among politicians and other
Leaders of public opinion."

Our schools do not encourage creativity and search for information. Its a case of follow the curriculum and that about wraps up education.
Most people discover the marvel of ancient philosophers and their wisdom long after they have left school.
Trust no advocators' of war. There can be no excuses left for people to buy into fabricated stories. There is free flowing information at the blink of an eye.
I am posting a few documentary films for anyone who might be interested.

Viewing these eye opening documentary films, one comes very quickly to the conclusion that people are not only realising the conspiracies and human enslavement, but also to their true identity. All these conspiracy documentaries touch on spiritual/metaphysical, teachings that have always existed but are now surfacing and spreading in leaps and bounds. It is impossible to grasp the extent and depth of these teachings but by opening this window, one begins a journey towards higher consciousness. Compassion and love is our ultimate state.

Michael Tsarion - Architects of Control Program One Part 1
David Icke - Big Brother, the Big Picture (July 6th 2008)

Star S. (54)
Monday August 8, 2011, 3:06 pm
Slthough I completely understand the sentiments of my Australian compatriots concerning the Japanese treatment of POW's in world war II, I would like to remind them that such horrors and mor abominables acts were committed by the Nazi's in woerld war 2, not only against Jews but also against civilians in their home countries.
Without a doubt these abominations cannot and should not be forgotten. These acts should serve as a reminder as to what beastly acts man can commit. Howvevert this does not justify hate against the Germans because of their Nazi's compatriots actions or the Japanese- there is no such thing as a bad race- just bad people and they come in all colours and sizes...

If we continue to blame whole countries for the acts of war of some of their leaders we are condemned to perpetuation of hate and self annihilation. Hate and revenge are the most dangerous emotions to man. There is only way that we can live in peace- forgive and let go.

There can be no justification for the use of nuclear weapons!

Star S. (54)
Monday August 8, 2011, 3:41 pm
sorry for the typo errors !

Myron Scott (70)
Tuesday August 9, 2011, 9:20 am
As I mentioned elsewhere, some kind of computer evil currently is preventing me from submitting items or even shares. While I'm still working on that, however, today is (Aug. 9) Nagasaki Day, another date to remember. So, I'm going to hitch a ride here and hope this reaches anyone potentially interested.

The following are 2 links (there are several, actually, online) showing how to make an origami crane to remember Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Fukushima: - Cached - Cached (video).

My wife and I still have a beautiful origami crane necklace given to us by a wonderful hibakusha woman from Hiroshima whom we hosted with others on a U.S. peace/antinuclear tour years ago. Another paper crane hangs from the light above my computer.

The cane (tsuru) symbolizes peace for the hibakusha (radiation exposed) of Japan.

BTW, I agree completely with Ellen McCabe on this issue.

For those who assume that that the atomic bombing was the only way to avoid a horribly bloody land war, I'd suggest reading Gar Alperovitz's works on this topic. Whatever Harry Truman believed, clearly there were those in his Administration advocating using the weapon immediately and without warning or any attempt to limit collateral damage mainly in order to head off the Soviets, who were advancing on Japan by land and who were believed (correctly) to be contemplating their own nuclear weapons program. Unquestionably, the U.S. promptly turned from the use of nuclear weaponry arguably to end a war to its use as the weapon of choice in the new cold war.

Also, it seems almost certain that a Japanese surrender could have been negotiated earlier, and certainly without the dropping of a second bomb, if the U.S had been willing to drop its unconditional surrender demand solely on the point of allowing the Emperor to remain Japan's traditional spiritual and symbolic leader - something that ultimately turned out essentially to happen, anyway.

Anyway, the main point emphasized by every hibakusha I've met is not to blame the US for what it did, but to do everything possible to ensure that it never happen again, anywhere.


Naoko i (257)
Tuesday August 9, 2011, 5:59 pm
I cannot send you a geen star (yet in this week) Myron, but my glatitude and appreciation on the way to you !!
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