Saturday, August 06, 2005

August 6, 1945 High on Hiroshima

August 6, 1945 High on Hiroshima

A Japanese reporter somewhere in Afghanistan or Pakistan, or at the border between the two countries, was approached to by a local man. The reporter was asked if he would be interested in buying nuclear material. The local guy said there was some reserve of material to be used for a nuclear weapon or some dirty bomb.

As the Japanese reporter declined the offer, the local business man, of whatsoever kind, offered another item, a statute of Buddha, a kind being lost, discovered, and hidden somewhere. Naturally, the Japanese reporter got embarrassed.

It might be a just common incident on a dusty road running through a shanty, makeshift, war-torn town with many people looking like refugees, smugglers, relatives of Mujahadeens, peddlers, spies, or local mad men.

This August 6 is the Hiroshima day in Japan. There are usually some TV programs focused on the atomic-bomb attack on Hiroshima by U.S. Air Force in 1945.

This year, in one TV program, they invited an ex-US air soldier who had been on board of a B-29 bomber attacking Hiroshima and taken that famous atomic-bomb cloud picture generated just after explosion.

The American said in a sense that the Hiroshima attack was balanced with “Remember Pearl Harbor.”

I suppose that every terrorist in the world knows that once atomic bombs were actually used in a real war. And, the first case was done in Hiroshima, a then-military city located in western Japan.

Today, there is a nice war-memorial museum in Hiroshima. Before any terrorists decide to resort to nuclear weapons, they should come to Hiroshima to visit the museum. Not after the attack, like an American, but they should come before.

(Source of Information: The Asahi Shimbun newspaper)