Thursday, 6 August 2015

The A bomb?

Today, the seventieth anniversary of the dropping of the bomb on Japan fills me with very odd memories...I was eight and had gone back to Lancashire to live with my mum and new brother whilst my dad was still in the army....

The news was greeted not with horror or fear but with jubilation...the much feared Japanese menace had been done for...

"It'll stop them in their tracks" declared my Lancashire Grandad...." Great stuff! "

Only much later did we understand the horror of it...the contamination, the burning and the horror of people fleeing their homes only to die agonising deaths from radiation sickness.

Even then there was general adult agreement that dropping the atom bomb was a very good thing.

As a child I listened to a lot of words spoken about it but I never heard a condemnation. They had it coming was the general consensus.

Today we have a very different conception on the whole thing...we now know that the contamination lasted many years, that deformed children were part of the heritage as well as those who survived with massive damage .

This morning John Humphries repeated a phrase...."Those who hate the people who bear the scars of the bombing" the sadness and incredulity in his voice perfectly expressed my own horror...

The poor people still alive after the bomb have surely lived through hell. How could anyone feel anything other than pity for them?

Lots of academic debates have been made around this subject...it's impossible now to put ourselves in the place of those who made the decision to drop the bomb....I still don't know if it was wrong then or if the appalling devastation was what made for the reluctance to go to war a factor afterwards...

I just pray that they will never be used again as an act of retaliation.

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