Hiroshima – The City of Lahore Remembers You

August 06, 1945 was the day when history was changed forever. “Little Boy” is the nick name given to the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on that day. It was like just another Monday morning of war days. “Little Boy” was dropped from the Enola Gay, one of the B-29 bombers that flew over Hiroshima on that day. It exploded around 8:15 in the morning when most people in the city were preparing to start another day. Most of the houses and buildings within 1.5 miles radius were immediately destroyed.
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It is believed that by the end of 1945, Little Boy killed 174,000 human beings. It was not an easy death but a slow and painful one. Many people died within the first few months and many more in subsequent years because of radiation exposure. Some people had genetic problems which sometimes resulted in having malformed babies or being unable to have children.
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When I was in college, as a passionate anti-war campaigner, I used to have heated debates with a few of my friends who believed that the tragedy of Hiroshima actually saved millions of other lives. It ended war which saved the world from further destruction and since then it has been the primary reason world has not seen WWIII or WWIV. Even in our own sub-continent, it is the atom bomb which has stopped possible war between India and Pakistan on several occasions. Back then it didn’t make sense to me, I couldn’t believe people actually defending killing of 174,000 innocent human beings for whatever reason. Why would anyone want to destroy the world with atom bombs anyway? Even today, I still don’t understand. I still believe Hiroshima tragedy happened due to political reasons and not the military ones. Perhaps one day we will understand what we have done.

I just hope we, human beings in our madness of conquering others, don’t end up destroying this beautiful planet. I also hope we never see anything like that in our life time. Our prayers and thoughts are with the people of Japan.


1 Comment so far

  1. Jangli Jagga (unregistered) on August 7th, 2005 @ 4:23 am

    We all pray.

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