28 MAY 2016 #16 … A WORLD WITHOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS

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President Obama laid a wreath at the Hiroshima memorial peace park this week in memory of the U.S. dropping of an atomic bomb on that city nearly 71 years ago, an event that ended the second world war and launched the nuclear age. The quest for nuclear nonproliferation has been a hallmark of Mr. Obama’s term as President.

“We have known the agony of war,” Obama wrote in the guest book at the memorial site. “Let us now find the courage, together, to spread peace and pursue a world without nuclear weapons.”

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WarrenHall Crain
Bishkek, The Kyrgyz Republic
28 May 2016

 

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9 Comments on “28 MAY 2016 #16 … A WORLD WITHOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS”

  1. Graham Olam Andrews

    I wish more people realized how important of an issue nuclear proliferation truly is.

  2. Cindy Moralle Yoder

    And this photo is being used as propaganda that the president was on an apology tour laying that wreath on Memorial Day. He was at the tomb of the unknown soldier today…

  3. Lindsay Hall

    Stephen, I’m old enough to remember Pearl Harbor and the A-bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the nuclear arms race that followed, and how, as a young teacher in the early 1960s I was required at random times to command my class “Take cover!” and they would dive under their desks and cover necks and heads with their hands. (Much good would that do in the even of an actual nuclear attack.) But my whole growing-up and young adulthood were spent in the dread of nuclear war and nuclear winter. It can be argued whether or not we had to end the war that way … but that’s past. The genii is out of the bottle, and we have to think about the future of the planet and humankind and do our utmost to prevent another nuclear event.. The only way this can happen is for the nine countries with nuclear arms to reduce their stockpiles, step by step, in tandem,and to keep nuclear materials out of the hands of rogue nations and groups. We made good progress in dismantling nuclear stockpiles for decades, but progress has slowed recently. Continuing toward the goal of no nukes is terribly important. President Obama did not apologize at Hiroshima, but we are all sad for those who died or were hideously maimed there, including innocent children, and, like the President, must pledge to work for a future in which this will never happen again.

  4. WarrenHall Crain

    WarrenHall Crain I’ve a college classmate who wass in Hiroshima on that day. She lived, though her mother did not.

  5. WarrenHall Crain

    Though it undoubtedly is an extremely difficult task, I am convinced that we must end the world of nuclear weapons.

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