Tuesday, March 18, 2008

White Light, Black Rain - The Destruction Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki

On August 6th and 9th, 1945, two atomic bombs vaporized 210,000 people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Those who survived are called “hibakusha”–people exposed to the bomb–and there are an estimated 200,000 living today. Today, with the threat of nuclear weapons of mass destruction frighteningly real- the world’s arsenal capable of repeating the destruction at Hiroshima 400,000 times over, Oscar® award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki revisits the bombings and shares the stories of the only people to have survived a nuclear attack.
1hr 21 min

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At Mar 18, 2008, 5:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I ever made it to Japan, the one thing I would most like to do, is appologize for this travesty. It was so inhumane. Most all of the victims were civilians anyway.

Of course, we didn't know what we had made at the time, or so some think. At least most munitions efforts nowadays are striving to eliminate nuclear bombs altogether off of the face of the earth.

The saddest anime I ever saw was "Grave of the Fireflies", a Ghibli movie discussing the sorrow of life in Japan in WWII. It makes a great account of the refugees of the city bomings (non-nuclear) and how difficult life was for them. The enemy in the movie was not the US, not the Allied nations, or any such thing. Rather, the enemy portrayed in the movie was war itself! Yep.
Do watch that one.


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