INSIGHTS…..HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI
Posted on May 19, 2014 by keywestlou
Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)
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[JR: As is my usual procedure, when I read an “endnote” that I wish I had written, especially one done by a fellow Jasper, I’ll defer to my learned fellow Alum. Please take the time to read it in its entirety. If you do and are not moved, then nothing I would have written would have been better. I’ll quote one small section that I found moving.]
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Two of the speakers were survivors of the bombings. Relatively close to me in age. Setusko Thurlow is today 81 years old. At the time the bomb fell on Hiroshima, she was 13. Yasuaki Yamashita is today 74 years old. At the time the bomb fell on Nagasaki, he was 6.
Moderating the event was Clifton Truman Daniel. Daniel is President Truman’s oldest grandson.
President Truman made the decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The two survivors are part of the Hibakusha Stories Group. Hibakusha is Japanese for atomic bomb survivors, a bomb affected group. The group is anti-nuclear weapons. It seeks the destruction of all nuclear weapons. Ban the bomb!
The personal stories of both survivors were compelling. They were there. Their lives thereafter significantly affected by the bombings.
Setsuko Thurlow again was 13 years old and living in Hiroshima at the time. She was an eighth grade student. However, she and other young school children did not attend school any longer. The men and young lads were fighting in the islands. Japan was losing the war. Only young children and women were left in Japan proper. They had to help in the war effort.
Setsuko was part of a group of thirty girls who were working at Army headquarters. Setsuko’s job was decoding secret messages from the front lines. She was attending an assembly meeting when the bomb fell. The time was 8 am. Suddenly, there was a flash. Beyond description. All she said of the bombing itself was “…..a real catastrophe.” She added, “No human being deserves that kind of experience.”
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[JR: Readers of my blog know that Harry S. is close to the top of my worst Presidents. Specifically he’s #3. And it’s all about Abombing two civilian targets when the Japanese were trying to surrender. Soecial place in Hell imho for this atrocity. Remember I’m a little L libertarian who believes in the Zero Aggression Principle. This is a national disgrace. And, makes me sad that my country was so foolish and easily deceived. Seems fitting on Memorial Day to ask ourselves some very tough questions. That’s why I say ‘bring the girls and boys home now; we can always send politicians and bureaucrats!’]
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