Remember Hiroshima

It is sad to see how little attention is being paid to today’s anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima by the United States 73 years ago. And it is tragic to know that the United States today is being called out as a country “blatantly proclaiming self-centered nationalism and modernizing their nuclear arsenals.”

Today “Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui opened his speech by describing the hellish scene of the blast that morning 73 years ago and the agony of the victims, telling the audience to listen ‘as if you and your loved ones were there.’ Then he raised concerns about the global rise of egocentrism and tensions, and urged Japan’s government to take more leadership toward achieving a truly nuclear-free world.”

‘Certain countries are blatantly proclaiming self-centered nationalism and modernizing their nuclear arsenals, rekindling tensions that had eased with the end of the Cold War,’ Matsui said, without identifying the nations. Nuclear deterrence and nuclear umbrellas are ‘inherently unstable and extremely dangerous’ approaches that seek to maintain international order by only generating fear in rival countries, he said, urging world leaders to negotiate in good faith to eliminate nuclear arsenals instead.

Over a period of two years a group of Japanese high school students have created a virtual reality experience that recreates the moments before, during and after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.


In May 2016, Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. President to visit Hiroshima, including visiting with survivors of that attack. On that day he said:

“Among the nations that, like my own, hold nuclear stockpiles, we must have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without them.

We must change our mindset about war itself, to prevent conflict through diplomacy and strive to end conflicts after they have begun.”

The Catholic Peace Ministry is having an event today at 7:00 pm at the Japanese Peace and Freedom Bell on the grounds of the state capitol. “Commemoration of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and call for an end to the use of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. Please bring your own chairs and if you want flowers to lay at the bell. Rain site is Wesley UMC, 800 E. 12th St., Des Moines.”


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