Fwd: The blue sky of Hiroshima


Thanks for that, Judy. It looks like a fascinating compilation to be perused! Maybe I’m just out of it, but I saw little if any notice of the anniversary in the mainstream press. I think it’s worth noting Prof. Gar Alperovitz’s book “The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb” (http://www.amazon.com/dp/067976285X), which is available through inter-library loan here in Maine, and his talk “Hiroshima: New Facts and Old Myths,” a CD also available through inter-library loan. In it, using material declassified in the mid-90’s, he makes it very clear that, among other things, * The U.S. Army was clear at the time that the necessity of an invasion was almost non-existent, and that if one did happen, the maximum loss of American lives would be on the order of 46,000 or less, not the .5-1 million that even now is commonly believed. * The decision had zero to do with forcing a Japanese surrender, and everything to do with sending the USSR a message about backing off in their moves in Eastern Europe. There’s a summary of the many fascinating and eye-opening aspects of this talk at http://dickatlee.com/issues/alperovitz_hiroshima.html My stepson, Trevor Corson (who wrote the Secret Life of Lobsters), visited Hiroshima as a high-school student, eventually learned Japanese, and did translating for one of the “Hiroshima maidens” who were brought to the U.S. by the Quakers in the mid-50’s for reconstructive surgery. He has an interesting piece reflecting on the progressive loss of the voices of those who actually lived through the atomic experience: https://medium.com/@trevor_corson/our-fading-memory-of-nuclear-destruction-a5f42e6c464a Judy_Robbins wrote on 8/6/15 9:22 PM: > It’s the bleakest of anniversaries… > Thanks to Bill Solomon for forwarding this > >>> The blue sky of Hiroshima >>> >>> by Derek Gregory _______________________________________________ HCCN mailing list HCCN@mainetalk.org https://mainetalk.org/mailman/listinfo/hccn_mainetalk.org

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