Remembering Hiroshima

At 8.15am today, marks the commemoration of the “Little Boy” atomic bomb being dropped at the City of Hiroshima, Japan, 62 years ago. US Army Air Corp strategic bomber Col. Paul Tibbets of the 509th Operations Group flew the B-29 Superfotress strategic bomber named “Enola Gay” and unleashed an unforgiving devastation and ravaging fury on to an innocent civilian population which destroyed the city completely, left 70,000 dead instantly and same number slowly died and suffered from injury of radiation sickness and burns.

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The weapon was brought to the group’s operations in West Pacific island of Tinian from San Francisco by the US Navy heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis which left Pearl Harbour on 19 July 1945 and arrived Tinian Island a week later.

Three days after Hiroshima, a similar bomb called “Fat Man” was dropped by another crew and B29 “Bockscar”, at the City of Nagasaki, with similar barbaric results. This led to the Japanese Imperial Forces unconditional surrender, announced on 15 August 1945. The World War II finally came to an end.

These weapons were developed by the United Sates of America under the “Manhattan Project“. President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorised research and development of these first atomic bombs in 1942 and placed under the responsibility of Gen. Leslie R. Groves and renowned theorists physics professor from University of California, Berkeley, J. Robert Oppenheimer at the secret laboratories in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The successful first nuclear device, called “Gadget,” was detonated during the “Trinity” test near Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16, 1945. The Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs were the second and third to be detonated and as of 2007 the only ones ever detonated in a military action. (See Weapons of Mass Destruction.)

The argument for deploying such a horrible weapon was minimalise the cost of lives and machinery to wage a war against Japan upon the landings of Allied Forces in mainland Japan. Germany already surrendered on 7 May 1945 ending the World War II in the European Theatre. Therefore, the pressure is compounding to end the war in Pacific, which variably much more complicated as they are now fighting Japanese in their own soil. This is regarded as the most devastating millitary action based on the momentous political decision. President Harry S. Truman okayed the deployment of the atomic bomb on the civilian target in Japan.

After the war ended, Soviet Union managed to get access to these atomic weapons. The development and practical demonstration brought upon by these barbaric bombings led to a race of building nuclear arsenal between the US and Soviet Union. The fear of global destruction for these weapons still loom within too many societies in the modern world today.

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This act of barbarism and horrible tragedy is remembered annually by the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and they vowed the unimaginable devastation against those hundreds of thousands innocent lives should not repeat again, ever. At the Perdana Global Peace Forum III organised in PWTC, Kuala Lumpur 5-7 February 2007, Perdana Leadership Foundation President Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad declared the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings are atrocities committed against mankind.

Despite the devastation seen from the deployment if these two weapons of mass destruction, many armed forces in the world today still have nuclear weapons in their arsenal and more countries are developing them, which include India, Pakistan and Israel.

Published in: on August 6, 2007 at 01:18  Comments (6)