Koko Kondo was all of eight months old when the United States dropped the atomic bomb on her hometown. Later, she met the co-pilot.
This Aug. 6th, let us remember the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and let us finally get out from under the nuclear shadow.
We must come to understand Hiroshima and Nagasaki as war crimes. And we must resist the double standard that makes crimes committed by our enemies punishable under international law, while the same crimes committed by our leaders are deemed to be acceptable.
We remember the horrors of the past so that we may learn from them and they will not be repeated in the future. If we ignore or distort the past and fail to learn from it, we are opening the door to repetition of history’s horrors.
Nuclear weapons are a humanitarian disaster of monstrous proportion. They are indiscriminate, immoral and illegal. Eliminating nuclear weapons is a fundamental necessity in forging a more secure planet for us all.
Tibbets may have gone to his deathbed believing that the bomb he incinerated Hiroshima with was justified. It wasn’t.