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Japan Marks the 62nd Anniversary of Hiroshima's Atomic Bombing

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Japan will never forget Hiroshima. Recently the country market the 62nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. On Monday there was a solemn ceremony. During the ceremony the mayor of Hiroshima criticized the United States that ignored the proposal to stop its program for producing nuclear weapons.

The Peace Memorial Park gathered tens of thousands of children, elderly survivors, as well as dignitaries. The anniversary took place near ground zero, the place where the atomic bomb was dropped.

"Even to those who managed to survive, it was hell where they envied the dead," the Mayor of Hiroshima, Tadatoshi Akiba, stated while standing towards the crowd. He described the moments of bombing such as torn clothes and charred faces.

The mayor's speech was followed by 1,000 white doves that were released into the sky. Mr. Tadatoshi Akiba said that the Japanese government must protect its pacifist constitution and it should be should of it. He also mentioned that Japan should clearly say "no" to the old and wrong U.S. policies.

Then people in the crowd bowed their heads for a moment of silence. During this moment people listened to the Peace Bell at 8:15 a.m. which was rang by two children. 8:15 a.m. is the same time when in August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay B-29 bomber dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, western city of Japan.

"As the only country to have suffered atomic bombings in human history, we have the responsibility to hand down stories of this sad experience to the international community," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

It is worth mentioning that the bomb had killed more than 140,000 people by the end of 1945, while the whole population of Hiroshima is 350,000. Later thousands more fell ill and received deadly injuries.

5,221 names of people who recently gone away were added to the list of victims. Today the total number of victims reached 253,008. Each years thousands of names are added to the list.

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//1 Aug 06, 2007 11:00 AM | posted by: Bee Zee: Bombshelter.org
5 Minutes to Midnight, Atomic Time: Half Past Sanity

Bee Z. Bendigedig
August 7, 2007

As the world teeters on the brink of total Armageddon, thanks to a global network of war profiteers, multi-billionaire weapons manufacturers, corrupted politicians, apathetic and sociopathic mobs of industrial consumers, we once again cross the memorial marker of the first atomic bombing of civilian populations on our planet at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Every year, as an American military brat who grew up in Japan, I feel compelled to attempt to remind other Americans that it wasn't Nazis, it wasn't aliens from outer space, it wasn't "the enemy" who committed this horrific crime against nature (not once, but TWICE!)-- it was the political predecessors of the current politicians in Washington, DC who allowed this genocidal event to happen, changing the face and self-respect of humanity for all time.

Somehow, Americans have been conditioned to blank out the brutal, stinking facts of war-- pushing aside maimed veterans, new technologies like Predator drones, and the Strangelovian psychosis we know as "the Pentagon"-- so as to keep going to our jobs, being entertained, waving our flags and other "normal" activity. Confronting the full impact of the U.S. military machinery on the world is not for the faint of heart, and will likely lead to social crisis, depression, and a disturbing tendency to take extreme action of conscience.

Now that we have allowed George Bush, Richard Cheney & Co. to lead the complete devastation of the nation of Iraq, causing the horrific deaths of women, children, civilians who had nothing at all to do with "terrorism" in numbers far dwarfing the casualties of Hiroshima & Nagaaki, using our advanced air weaponry, mass-death cluster bombs, uranium weapons & other such genocidal technologies, how can any aware American individual even begin to claim we have made progress since the American atomic bombings?

Hell, Bush & his military contractor cohorts are even trying sell us on new "mini-nuke" weapons, concocting ever-more extreme terroristic scenarios to keep the millions of profits flowing into his benefactors' Swiss acounts. And we're all going along with the insanity, day by day. Just yesterday, Congress (allegedly sworn to uphold a shredded Constitution) passed another authorization to give Bush further spying powers. This after it is apparent to anyone with a brain that the Bush-Cheney team belongs behind bars for outrageous crimes against humanity.

Well, like I said, I am obligated to deliver this reminder to any American that still has any shred of belief in a "Republic" of the people, democratic process, humanitarianism, peace and other such idealistic principles which now appear crushed beneath the treads of Strykers and bombed out buildings, lost among the bodies of young, snuffed-out soldiers, Iraqi children and oil-soaked beaches, riddled with machine gun fire. All to make a bunch of criminals more powerful & wealthy.

I would love to once again get my hopes up (which has happened occasionally in the past 40 years), but since the day Bush Jr. was appointed President (after the Florida vote fraud), all seems to have been sliding wickedly, tragically down into the pits of hell, filling our social sphere with lies & complete corruption-- to the point where few young people can have any faith in the recovery of the American "democracy," let alone any shadow of a "dream." It's all a nightmare, a freaking horrorshow, folks. Intentionally so.

What Hiroshima reminds, or questions us is: how long ago, exactly, did we lose it? Was there ever any truth to the propaganda ideals of America, except for privileged Euro-colonials & warlords? If so, how do we explain the fact we have yet to face our reflection in the fireballs of hell which our forefathers have unleashed?

Bee Z. Bendigedig
Perception Recovery Collective
Bombshelter Broadcast Complex

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