Today marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb dropping on Hiroshima.
That's what I read today in the news. It's interesting, the hidden bias in journalism. Sometimes it's so subtle as to almost pass unnoticed. But it's sort of funny to notice that our news outlets didn't phrase it like this:
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the day the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
Today, it's been 70 years since the USA fired a weapon of mass destruction at innocent Japanese civilians.
70 years ago today, America pressed a button, and killed over 80,000 people.
That, of course, doesn't include the long-ranging effects of the devastating radiation caused by the detonation of a nuclear weapon, which lingers for years afterwards like an echo of the blast. Imagine surviving such an attack, only to die many years later from cancer directly linked to the calamity you thought you had escaped. In that way, the US is still killing Japanese innocents.
It's just, the way American news outlets are framing these articles, it makes it sound like the atomic bomb dropped itself. And that's just not true.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation posted an interview with Hiroshima survivor Junko Morimoto. This is how the article ends:
The story and history shouldn't fade because of time. It's been 70 years since the tragic event. I don't feel much anger to America about the bombing; I feel much stronger anger towards my own country Japan for continuing such a meaningless war, which resulted in the horrifying bomb attack.
One of the questions I was asking myself when I first saw the headlines about today's anniversary was, "I wonder if the Japanese still harbor resentment towards us for the attack?" How could they not, right? But, whether or not she is representative of the entire affected population, Morimoto seems not to focus on America's role in the tragedy. She looks to the future, rather than the past:
Rather than looking at the incident (of bombing) alone, we need to look at the reason behind it. We need to know, understand, and remember the reason that led to this war. Otherwise the same thing will happen in the future — the world is getting ready for it.
"The world is getting ready for it."
Is this true? I certainly think so. To this day, the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings remain the only use of nuclear weapons in history – but how much longer can that last?
America deployed them, America has them, and yet we won't allow other countries to possess nuclear technologies. Is it smart decision on our part, or another episode of us trying to be the biggest, baddest bully in the world?
I honestly don't know what to think about the issue of nuclear weapons. I'd love to learn more about the ethics and politics behind it all. If anyone has good reading recommendations, lay them on me. Until then, all I have is questions – and sadness over my country's role in that fateful day, 70 years ago.