Nuclear Abolition Flame ~ Remembering Hiroshima-Nagasaki

05Aug09

The 64th anniversary of the Hirsoshima-Nagasaki bombing is August 6th. To commemorate the events, a torch will be lit from the Hiroshima Flame on August 5, and carried on the World March for Peace and Non-violence on October 2, 2009 through 90 countries ending at the United Nations in May 2010.

The Nuclear Abolition Flame will remain burning until the elimination of nuclear weapons by state parties.

I hope Flame-related activities are locally linked in the U.S. with educational programs through local libraries, museums, and civic happenings. Atomic history, current threats and prevention of nuclear war are never out of fashion. Moreover, these subjects are tied to the awareness of the Mayors for Peace program where 148 U.S. cities are involved in “the Solidarity of Cities toward the Total Abolition of Nuclear Weapons.”

And for a different, perhaps uncomfortable, perspective of the history behind the decision to use atomic weapons in Japan, consider a visit to your local library to check out and read Gar Alperovitz and Sanho Tree’s Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb (Knopf, 1995) this August 6th.

In the words of Albert Einstein,

…we cannot and should not slacken in our efforts to make the nations of the world and especially their governments aware of the unspeakable disaster they are certain to provoke unless they change their attitude towards each other and towards the task of shaping the future.

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