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Nagasaki marks 68th anniversary of US atomic bomb

Al Ahed news

Nagasaki on Friday marked the 68th anniversary of the US atomic attack that killed tens of thousands of people in the Japanese city at the end of World War II.

The memorial service was attended by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, survivors of the nuclear bombing, celebrities, relatives and government representatives from more than 40 countries.

Tens of thousands gathered to remember the more than 70,000 people who died instantly in the blast, or of the after-effects in the months and years after the bombing, which hit Nagasaki at 11:02 am local time (0202 GMT).
The event was held at Nagasaki Peace Park near the epicenter of the August 9, 1945 attack.

Nagasaki’s mayor criticized Japan’s government on Friday for failing to back an
international nuclear disarmament effort as the country marked the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing of his city.

During an address at the ceremony, Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue knocked the government for refusing to sign a statement rejecting unconditional use of nuclear weapons at an international disarmament meeting in April. He said Japan’s inaction “betrayed expectations of the global community.”

Japan refused in April to sign an unconditional pledge by nearly 80 countries to never use nuclear weapons.

Taue also urged the United States and Russia to reduce their nuclear arsenal.

US filmmaker Oliver Stone also attended the memorial ceremony in Nagasaki on Friday. He said the widely held belief that the nuclear attacks on Japan ended World War II was a “tremendous lie.”

“It’s easy to look at the issue simply that Americans dropped the bomb to end World War II because Japanese militarists would not give up… [however], that would be a surface explanation,” Stone said.

The bombing of Nagasaki came just three days after the United States dropped another atomic bomb on the western city of Hiroshima in the closing days of World War II.

The US nuclear attack on Japan killed more than 200,000 people.

5 responses to “Nagasaki marks 68th anniversary of US atomic bomb

  1. mlrock2012 August 9, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    The US nuclear attack killed many. A full-scale invasion would have killed even more. Horrific as the blasts were, they actually saved lives in the long run.

  2. realistic bird August 9, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    What is the value of human life? Who makes that decision? Who has the right to do so? This is just an excuse, till this day people die of the effects of that bomb.

  3. mlrock2012 August 9, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    You do realize that almost all of Japan’s population, not just the military, were fighting American forces right? Children would happily strap TNT to themselves and jump in front of American tanks in the name of their demigod emperor. By dropping the bomb on those two cities, the US saved the lives of Japanese civilians, who otherwise would have been casualties of the war and Japan’s fanatical military culture.

    As for your point that people still die, remember that people didn’t know just how horrific the effects would be before then. It was only after seeing the bomb’s horror that people decided to use the bomb purely for defensive purposes.

  4. realistic bird August 9, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    So now they saved lives but they were fighting them at the same time? Anyone can use this as a justification to use a nuclear weapon. If the Japanese had an atomic bomb and used it on the US, you would have agreed to that? They could have said, we were saving lives to get the US to surrender.

    But then they saw the destruction of the first bomb on Hiroshima why did they use the second one then?

    People talk but when it comes down to it, no one would ever want this to happen to them, it is ok if it happens to others and we make up excuses to make ourselves feel better and not guilty but innocent people suffered. No one had the right to make the decision who lives or who dies and to what purpose.

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