A Japanese soldier is walking through the wasteland of Hiroshima, which was destroyed by an atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. The bomb ‘Little Boy’ was dropped on Hiroshima by an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, flown by Colonel Paul Tibbets, directly killing an estimated 80,000 people. By the end of the year, injury and radiation brought the total number of deaths to 90,000-166,000.
People will debate the propriety of this use of force for many years. I think as more members of “The Greatest Generation” leave us, we are probably seeing fewer people who support Truman’s decision. Whatever you may think, today is as good a day as any to reflect on the horrors of all war. You can see more photos here, but I felt not all of them suitable for posting at this website.
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