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Hiroshima Day!
By S Mukhtar
Year: 1945. Month: August. Date: 6. One US Boeing B-29 bomber Enola Gay over Hiroshima city of Japan! Oh oho dropped an atom bomb!

O only three days later. O oh another US atom bomb down upon Nagasaki!

Casualties: fearful O my God! First attack: an estimated 140,000 people killed instantly! Second attack: more than 75,000 people killed instantly! Many more died from horrible burns and radiation sickness over years soon afterwards! And property losses: O unimaginable indeed!

Two atom bombs' doings just. Imagine the world's fate if all the hundreds or perhaps even thousands of nuclear bombs are used or some accidentally at any time go off. Gorbachov once said that his country's nuclear arsenal alone was sufficient to do our whole planet to dust in space.

Nuclear explosions and accidents aside, we have been building nuclear power plants producing contaminated wastes over the past 30 years. These wastes endanger our entire environment and threaten our very existence as also of countless generations to come. Yet no safe way of disposing these wastes was found. Thickest ever cloud of worries all round!

Lo this cloud too but showed a silver lining - Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Most nations signing it, it was thereby agreed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and ultimately eliminate them totally. But a wonder that the NPT coming into effect in 1970, the number of nations with nuclear bombs has since nearly doubled and that elimination seems a foolish dream.

An Obama-Trump scene well reflects the situation. Obama was the first US President to visit Hiroshima: here he called for an end to nuclear weapons. This provoked then-candidate Trump: he tweeted: "Does President Obama ever discuss the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor while he's in Japan? Thousands of American lives lost." Trump administration indeed has so far focused on a denuclearized North Korea over a denuclearized world and President Trump clearly told Reuters that "If countries are going to have nukes, we're going to be at the top of the pack."

Nuclear weapons have not been used a second time but these are the worst constant threat to all humanity. And it is here that all peoples must rise up and act together with one voice. All peoples of all countries must follow the five regions covering most of the Southern hemisphere and more than 250 municipalities around the world declaring themselves as Nuclear Free Zones. And that this and every year must be the real spirit behind all the 6 August observations and celebrations of the Hiroshima Day!


News Updated at : Monday, August 6, 2018
 
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