R.I.P. Japanese Victims of the Enola Gay Tibbets
In every conceivable sense.
Absolutely devastating that we nuked Japan.
That we created and unleashed such a grandiose and merciless evil – remorseless and colossal vaporization of man, animal and plant life with the instant press of a witless button. It’s mindblowing that we’ve unleashed this freakish evil’s evil that has by now spawned thousands like it across the planet – all burrowed deep under earth – taut dark force in a dark pit – radioactive giant eels hibernating unseen in the center of the earth, in the belly of the underworld, till some Greek tragedy strikes and unleashes the dormant demons that spit fireballs heavenwards and toxic gases across the mortal world. Alchemical demons capable of actually destroying the very life of both the earth and the heavens.
Hiroshima happened close to two decades before I was born and I’ve never been able to wrap my head around the fact that it actually happened. I mean I can’t imagine waking up one morning and reading news headlines about a full scale nuke being dropped on an overpopulated metropolis somewhere and killing over one hundred thousand humans in the blink of an eye – killing also every animal species and plant life within its expanding death vortex. I just can’t imagine what it must have felt like on the day.
Long time ago, I asked my friend’s father what was our people’s reaction the day after Hiroshima and he said: “nothing – just a lot of sadness and weirdness – same as the rest of the world”. You mean the world didn’t do anything, I inquired distressed. “Nope”, he said matter-of-factually. You mean foreign countries didn’t even boycott American goods when that happened, I asked in disbelief. “No”, he plainly repeated, “nothing happened”.
Is this really true? No blowback – economic or otherwise? No consequences or accountability? Can someone out there shed some light on this?
Taxi, thank you for the poignant and compassionate remembrance of this atrocity. There are always consequences, although they often occur much later and therefore may not be associated in the minds of most people with a prior positive or nefarious act.
Gandhi said–“So far as I can see the atomic bomb has deadened the finest feeling that has sustained mankind for ages. There used to be the so-called laws of war which made it tolerable. Now we know the naked truth. War knows no law except that of might. The atom bomb brought an empty victory to the allied arms but it resulted for the time being in destroying the soul of Japan. What has happened to the soul of the destroying nation is yet too early to see. Forces of nature act in a mysterious manner. We can but solve the mystery by deducing the unknown result from the known results of similar events. A slave-holder cannot hold a slave without putting himself or his deputy in the cage holding the slave….The moral to be legitimately drawn from the supreme tragedy of the bomb is that it will not be destroyed by counter-bombs even as violence cannot be by counter-violence. Mankind has to get out of violence only through nonviolence. Hatred can be overcome only by love. Counter-hatred only increases the surface as well as the depth of hatred.”
Perhaps we’re now seeing the effects of this nefarious act, as well as others, on “the soul of the destroying nation.”
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