Monday, August 06, 2012

Quote of the Day

On this day in 1945 the United States demonstrated that it was as morally bankrupt as the Nazi machine it had recently vanquished and the Soviet regime with which it was allied. Over Hiroshima, and three days later over Nagasaki, it exploded an atomic device that was the most efficient weapon of genocide in human history. The blast killed tens of thousands of men, women and children. It was an act of mass annihilation that was strategically and militarily indefensible. The Japanese had been on the verge of surrender. Hiroshima and Nagasaki had no military significance. It was a war crime for which no one was ever tried. . . .

– Chris Hedges
"The Science of Genocide"
August 6, 2012

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Prayer of the Week – August 7, 2011
Summer Round-Up (2011)
A Dangerous State of Mind
The Challenge of Peace

Related Off-site Articles:
The Lies of Hiroshima Live On, Props in the War Crimes of the 20th Century – John Pilger (The Guardian via, August 6, 2008).
Ban the Bomb, Don't Bank on It – Jennifer Nordstrom and Kevin Martin (, August 6, 2012).

1 comment:

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Mark N Denver