Thursday, August 6, 2009

The worst act of terrorism in history

Today is the 64th anniversary of the single worst act of terrorism in the history of the world: the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, by the United States. The bomb killed 140,000 people. Three days later came the second-worst act of terrorism in history, second because the bombing of Nagasaki "only" killed some 80,000 people. Many tens of thousands more deaths came in the ensuing years.

No one has ever been tried, convicted or punished for these monumental acts of mass murder. But the United States government and the capitalist class on whose behalf it acts are guilty. Never forget, and never forgive, and keep fighting to overturn this system so that it can never happen again.

I've read one novel about the bombing of Hiroshima. It is H: A Hiroshima Novel by Makoto Oda. It is remarkable. I highly recommend it. I've also long intended to read John Hersey's Hiroshima.