Remembering When the Nuclear Nightmare Began – 75 Years Ago this August 6th

The Day the World’s First Nuclear Bomb was Dropped on Hiroshima, Japan

A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

Posted August 6th, 2020

One of the mushroom clouds from an atomic bomb dropped on a city in Japan, 75 years ago this August

“The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking…the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.”             – Albert Einstein, a scientist and pacifist, whose ground-breaking research were used by others, in the Second World War-era “Manhattan Project” to build the first atomic bomb.

On August 6th, 1945 – 75 years ago this August 6th, 2020 – the world’s first atomic bomb, nicknamed “Little Boy,” was dropped on the City of Hiroshima, Japan.

Three days later, a second atomic bomb, this one named “Fat Boy” was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.

1945: Atomic bomb damage in Hiroshima. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

No one may ever know for sure, but estimates are that somewhere between about 130,000 and 225,000 civilians died in these two horrific bomb attacks, and on August 15th, 1945 Japan surrendered to Allied forces in the Pacific and the Second World War – one of the most destructive events in human history – finally came to a complete end.

To this day, the mainstream take on all of this is that dropping those bombs was absolutely necessary to end a war that the Japanese would have continued fighting with a fanaticism that might have seen hundreds of thousands of Allied troops killed if they were forced to invade the Japanese mainland to put what had already been a very bloody, years-long fight in the Pacific to rest.

Whether you buy that line or not, the dropping of that first nuclear bomb on humans ushered in an age that the world has been living in the shadow of ever since.

One of literally thousands of nuclear missile silos that gave people nightmares during the Cold War era that unfolded after World War II

When I was a very young kid growing up in Welland, Ontario, I remember some of my fellow elementary school students breaking into tears in class for fear that we were all going to be wiped out by nuclear bombs. That was during the so-called Cuban Missile Crisis in October of 1962.

That trauma continued during a Cold War between the then Soviet Union and the United States and its allies that saw both sides spending trillions of dollars that could have been used to make our world better on weapons of mass destruction.

Today, the United States continues to command the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons in the world, reportedly followed by Russia. And there are other countries, including rogue states led by murderous tyrants like the one now in charge of North Korea, dancing with the devil to have their arsenal of workable nukes too.

It may be dumb luck mixed in with some instinct for survival, and some intelligence and diplomacy, that we have not yet seen more Hiroshimas and nagasakis.

God help us though, if the wrong person – some power-craving, malignant narcissist with anger-management issues, who sees almost anyone who criticizes or challenges him or her as an “enemy” that must be crushed – has their fingers near a nuclear missile launch code.

Could it be that we have such a person in the self-described “stable genius” south of the border, now holding one of the most powerful offices in the world.

Do you want to bet that a mental case like Trump who, in a recent interview says; “It is what it is,” in response to COVID-19 deaths in his country now climbing to 160,000, would not launch nuclear missiles if, for some deranged reason, he thought it would benefit him?

I sure wouldn’t bet our lives and the future of our planet on it.

Anyone who is mad and delustional enough to believe that this pandemic – this global health disaster – is just something he can wish away with his reality show, con-job B.S. may be capable of anything.

I repeat – God help us.

  • Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

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