Louisiana citizens retain vivid images of New Orleans after Katrina and perhaps numerous destructions of Cameron and other communities by hurricanes Rita (2005) and other storms in No radioactivity lingers in victimized Louisiana communities.
Who has 70-year old memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki destroyed by small atomic bombs in August 1945?
The August 12th industrial accident in Tianjin, China killed fifty five people, a dozen fire fighters and crippled a large city. Radioactivity is not a threat but toxicity remains without doubt. China’s tragic accident is miniscule by comparison with Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Italian peacemaker Daniel Dolci (1924-1997) was called “The Gandhi of Sicily.” Dolci believed it was a mistake to rebuild Hiroshima because there are no more vivid images from total destruction of one city following detonation of a small 20-kiloton (20,000 lbs of TNT) atomic bomb. We may go to visit the Hiroshima museum to ponder what Einstein warned about humankind “drifting towards unparalleled disaster.”
August 6, 1945 tens of thousands were killed and 90% of the buildings were destroyed by the atomic bomb dropped from a B-29 bomber called the Enola Gay. The plane was named after the mother of Captain Paul Tibbets.
Hiroshima in 2015 is a thriving city of nearly three million people. I was invited to a 1982 Japanese peace conference sponsored and paid for by the citizens of Takamori-soan (near Mt. Fuji). During a week of discussions, forty five of us from ten different nations told of efforts for peace as guests in Japanese homes. I took the opportunity to spend three hours in the Hiroshima museum, now under partial direction of a US citizen Steven Leeper. All visitors to Japan are encouraged to visit the Hiroshima museum, Japanese curators and view Hiroshima through the eyes of a US citizen.