History has a way of making us pay for the horrors we bring upon each other. We have been paying for unleashing the nuclear genie for over sixty years. I know the arguments about the length of WWII and the lives saved, yet, evil has wrought evil. This is a sad day for the people of the world. As sad as December 7, 1941 or September 11, 2001. On this day in 1945, the second atom bomb was dropped on Japan at Nagasaki, resulting in Japan’s unconditional surrender.
The devastation of Hiroshima was not sufficient to convince the Japanese War Council to accept the Potsdam Conference’s demand for unconditional surrender. The United States had already planned to drop their second atom bomb, nicknamed “Fat Man,” on August 11 in the event of Japan’s resistance, but bad weather expected for that day pushed the date up to August 9th.
On behalf of the human race I ask almighty God for forgiveness. I don’t know if I can do that but I do. I have often thought that if Lincoln was able to abolish slavery by the stroke of a pen and the blood of tens of thousands could we not try to abolish our enslavement to atomic war and then war itself. Why isn’t there an abolition movement against war and its hideous tentacles? Perhaps I’m a fool for such thoughts. If it takes a fool – count me in.
Say a prayer today for those caught in the grip of war or rumors of wars and do the things that make for peace.