MEDIA - 60 jaar Hiroshima
60 jaar Hiroshima. Tijd om eens stil te staan bij de gruwelen die mensen elkaar aandoen. 'k Ben op internet op zoek gegaan naar getuigenissen en verslagen, want die tv berichten die we te zijn krijgen zijn - vind ik - nogal afstandelijk.
Eigenlijk enorm geschrokken na het bekijken van de foto's en het lezen van de verschillende dagboeken. Pats boem en een hele stad bestaat niet meer. De overlevenden zien hun familieleden 1 voor 1 sterven aan brandwonden of gevaarlijke kankers. Verschrikkelijk moet dat zijn.
Een geschikt vertrekpunt voor wat meer info : http://www.hiroshima-remembered.com/
Enkele citaten :
"My God, what have we done?" (copiloot van de Enola Gay, het vliegtuig dat de bom op Hiroshima dropte)
Crewmembers of the Enola Gay saw a column of smoke rising fast and intense fires springing up. The burst temperature was estimated to reach over a million degrees Celsius, which ignited the surrounding air, forming a fireball some 840 feet in diameter. Eyewitnesses more than 5 miles away said its brightness exceeded the sun tenfold.
Radio stations went off the air, and the main line telegraph had stopped working just north of Hiroshima. Chaotic reports of a horrific explosion came from several railway stops close to the city and were transmitted to the Headquarters of the Japanese General Staff. Military headquarters personnel tried to contact the Army Control Station in Hiroshima and were met with complete silence. The Japanese were puzzled. They knew that no large enemy raid could have occurred, and no sizeable store of explosives was in Hiroshima at that time, yet terrible rumors were starting.
Truman's speech in Washington, 16 uur na de bom:
"Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima. t is an atomic bomb. We are now prepared to obliterate more rapidly and completely every productive enterprise the Japanese have above ground in any city. If they do not now accept our terms they may expect a rain of ruin from the air the like of which has never been seen on this earth." The Japanese began the war from the air at Pearl Harbor. They have been repaid many fold. And the end is not yet. With this bomb we have now added a new and revolutionary increase in destruction to supplement the growing power of our armed forces. In their present form these bombs are now in production and even more powerful forms are in development.
It is an atomic bomb. It is a harnessing of the basic power of the universe. The force from which the sun draws its power has been loosed against those who brought war to the Far East.