Day of Infamy Speech

“The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians.”

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Harry S. Truman

These were the words that this Truman said, in a radio speech, three days after the worst terrorist attack in the history of (in)humanity (August 6, 1945), and the same day that he was going to repeat in Nagasaki (August 9, 1945).

Damn the killer Truman for all the eternity.

 

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Hiroshima, 67th anniversary

Today, August 6, is the 67th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, followed three days later by Nagasaki. Everyone knows the consequences of that attacks, hundreds of thousands dead, the effects of the radiation, illnesses affecting hundreds of thousands people during years, malformations in newborns during decades.

Hiroshima afternath
Hiroshima, after bombing (chinfo.navy.mil)

In this post, I want to put the focus on the words of two characters: the killer and one of the victims.

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