A Questionable Victory

By Bernie Bell

An Atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on the 6th August 1945, and another on Nagasaki on the 9th August 1945 – leading to the surrender of Japan on the 15th August 1945, and the end of the Second World War.

Today, on what is known as VJ day – Victory in Japan – I don’t intend to go over the rights and wrongs of it all again – or even the use of the word ‘victory’ in this context.

I would, however, like to present something to ask folk to remember the folk who died – the civilians, and the prisoners of war who were caught up in the madness of The Powers That Be.  They were just people – trying to live their lives.

Here is a picture of some pieces made by children, placed in the window of the Peace Museum in Nagasaki…….

And, rainbow colours of Hope, placed by one of the memorials in the Peace Park……

Paper Origami cranes are still placed by memorials to the victims of these bombings – here are two, which Mike was given, and brought back from Nagasaki – symbols of Peace, and the possibility of nations working together –

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