Day 679

Shinran Shonin

November 8th, 2013

From the NY Times: "One cannot turn away unchastened from the blistered statue of Shinran Shonin outside the New York Buddhist Church on Riverside Drive, a figure of gently imposing nobility that somehow survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima." (It was standing on a hill about a mile and a half from ground zero when the bomb detonated.) "It is now the focus of an annual peace gathering held on Aug. 5, during which a bell is tolled at 7:15 p.m. At that moment in Japan, it is 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 6, the hour that the bomb dropped."

One Comment

  1. Chris says:

    A peace gathering in the same country that dropped the two A-bombs? What hypocrisy!

    The record is quite clear: From the perspective of an overwhelming number of key contemporary leaders in the US military, the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not a matter of military necessity. American intelligence had broken the Japanese codes, knew the Japanese government was trying to negotiate surrender through Moscow, and had long advised that the expected early August Russian declaration of war, along with assurances that Japan’s Emperor would be allowed to stay as a powerless figurehead, would bring surrender long before the first step in a November US invasion, three months later, could begin.

    Hiroshima and Nagasaki were largely destroyed and the lives of between 135,000 and 300,000 mostly Japanese women, children, and old people were sacrificed—most young men were away at war—as the result of a terrible but morally just calculus aimed at bringing an intractable war to a close.

    “The use of this barbarous weapon…was of no material assistance in our war against Japan.” —Adm. William Leahy, Truman’s Chief of Staff

    “It was a mistake…. [the scientists] had this toy and they wanted to try it out, so they dropped it.” —Adm. William “Bull” Halsey

    “The Japanese position was hopeless even before the first atomic bomb fell, because the Japanese had lost control of their own air.” -Henry “Hap” Arnold, commanding general of the US Army Air Forces

    “The atomic bomb played no decisive part, from a purely military standpoint, in the defeat of Japan…” -Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet

    “I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives…”-Gen. Dwight Eisenhower

    “The atomic bomb had nothing to do with the end of the war at all.”-Maj. Gen. Curtis LeMay, head of the Twenty-First Bomber Command

    How’s that annual peace gathering working out for the world that continues to this day to be under siege from the empire?

    Sorry, but peace in not in the cards as long as the MIC is in charge. These war shrines are pathetic symbols of the war mongering empire that keeps the patriotic populous in lock-step with the MIC. It’s sickening but the sheeple don’t mind. Support our troops!

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