Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Happy Anniversary! August 6, 1945, America became the FIRST nation to attack a civilian population with a nuclear bomb....

A photograph shows the first atomic bomb test on July 16, 1945, at 5:30 am 
at the Trinity Site in New Mexico. See more nuclear bomb pictures.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

....and August 9, 1945, America became the last nation to attack a civilian population with a nuclear bomb.

August, 1945 - the final moments of the 2nd part of a world wide war pitting "civilization" against "civilization;" politician against politician; exceptionalist against exceptionalist; ideologue against ideologue; and hubris against hubris.

The "War to End All Wars" morphed into the War that proved war would never end - that proved that old men and women, acting as politicians and guided by their exceptionalist hubris, will always find a way to demand wars to be fought by thousands of the strongest and most innocent of youth and that those innocents caught in the crossfire will always be the ones to suffer the most pain and death.

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"Little boy" by US government DOD and/or DOE photograph - Copy from U.S. National Archives, RG 77-
AEC. Chuck Hansen, The Swords of Armageddon: U.S. Nuclear Weapons Development Since 1945 
(Sunnyvale, CA: Chukelea Publications, 1995)[1]
Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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"Handy to spaatz 1945". Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The crew of the Enola Gay, August, 1945

(Picture courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration)
At the time this photo was made, smoke billowed 20,000 feet above Hiroshimawhile smoke from the burst of the first atomic bomb had spread over 10,000 feet on the target at the base of the rising column. Two planes of the 509th Composite Group, part of the 313th Wing of the 20th Air Force, participated in this mission, one to carry the bomb, the other to act as escort. (August 6, 1945)
At 8:15 a.m, August 6, 1945, Little Boy was dropped from the Enola Gay and exploded 1900 feet above the city of Hiroshima - at the time, a city of approximately 380,000 people (about the size of Honolulu, Hawaii). The mushroom shaped cloud reached an estimated height of 40,000 feet at its peak.

Staff Sergeant George Caron, the tail gunner, described what he saw:
"The mushroom cloud itself was a spectacular sight, a bubbling mass of purple-gray smoke and you could see it had a red core in it and everything was burning inside... It looked like lava or molasses covering a whole city..."

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Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

On August 9, 1945, the larger "Fat Man" was dropped on Nagasaki...

And at what cost?

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