Seventy-one years ago today in Nagasaki Japan, this:
Tens of thousands of innocent people were killed instantly, tens of thousands more died in months to come, from radiation. Three days earlier, the city and people Hiroshima had the same horrors visited upon them. Proof of our “greatness,” some have said, some still say.
Are we, as humans, willing to let it all happen again, and on a scale thousands-fold larger? It’s been reported that Donald Trump, in a meeting with foreign policy experts and advisors, three times asked them the question why the United States shouldn’t use nuclear weapons. We have them, after all, why not use them?
Just last year, the argument was put forward that the United States spend one trillion dollars over the span of 2-3 decades to “modernize” its nuclear arsenal.
Why? Are we nuts? (I know, answer obvious). Apparently we’ve learned NOTHING in 71 years, other than how to destroy cities, elect fools and waste money. Too bad we can’t find the money to pay for researching the means to destroy fools instead.
I know, dream on.
R.I.P. Nagasaki victims.
The Worldly hope men set their Hearts upon
Turns Ashes – or it prospers; and anon,
Like Snow upon the Desert’s dusty Face,
Lighting a little hour or two – is gone.
(Omar Khayyam, ca. 1100 A.D.)