Deadly Women (with Matt Fullerty)

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Atomic Bomb Dome or A-Bomb Dome


This is a special building in Hiroshima, Japan. It was a governement building that has been preserved as one of the few buildings within the A-bomb blast zone of 1945 that survived the bomb. Basically the atomic bomb dropped at 8:15 on the morning of 6 August 1945 by the B-52 Enola Gay exploded 600 feet above this building, and the blast was so close and direct that the walls were aligned and withstood some of the impact. The horrors of the bomb as an isolated incident are recreated in the Peace Museum in Hiroshima as a testament to those who lose their lives in what was essentially a firebomb causing terrible destruction. Knowing that A-bombs of 1000 times the capacity of the one dropped on Hiroshima is a sobering thought, given that means bombs exist to kill 7 million people, whole cities, and essentially usher in a "nuclear winter" and the end of the whole party. I really don't know what to say other than Hiroshima is a lesson in history, WWII, fascism, military aggression, and the innocent people - and children as ever - that caught in these moments. As a curio the above building gives you the very eerie feeling of reality to stand below the spot where an atomc bomb detonated. Hiroshima was city with a military history, but was only chosen on the day over the other potential targets because it had clear skies overhead...

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