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Under the Mushroom Cloud—Nagasaki after Nuclear War


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Under the Mushroom Cloud—Nagasaki after Nuclear War

Susan Southard

Note: This essay has been adapted from chapters 1 and 2 of Susan Southard’s new book, Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War, with the kind permission of Viking.


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And that was just a 50 Kiloton bomb. The game since then has been to build and test multi-megaton bombs by the thousands; to tweak the Dragon's tail to see if it will strike back. And the world has slid deeper into insanity.
* Gomenasai Nagasaki, Hiroshima, gomenasai.
;-})


#3

A horrible end to the most horrible war in human history.


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#5

As Southard's text specifies, it was a 21 kiloton bomb.


#6

You are right, legally an armistice is not an end of a war, only an end to hostilities. World war I didnt legally end until around 1923, and there never was a peace treaty in the American Civil War as the U.S just considered the Confederacy to be part of the union controlled by rebels..much like taiwan and kuwait today.


#7

Oh, is that all? Sorry for the brain fart.Still the same number of dead, though. Just makes the damned weapon even more dangerous.
;-})


#8

If I were Japanese I would never, never forgive the Americans, and I would today be on the side of Russia and China.


#9

and I would today be on the side of Russia and China

If 19 million ghosts from the Japanese invasion of China would have you.


#10

True, but I think that it would be more correct to make amends with China and find common ground, than to cower beneath the American Mushroom Cloud for ever.


#12

...accept the fact that the Japanese are responsible....
If historically you are correct, and you probably are, and the Japanese must continue to be punished with American dictat, then I see no other way out but for America to continue bombing others who do not agree with its dictat, till Russia and China are provoked enough into retaliation and a nuclear war will ensue, which in the end will wipe out all hope of a happy future, not only for the Japanese, but for you and me and for everyone and everything else on planet Earth. Unfortunately, all fingers point clearly towards that direction.


#15

As Redravensounds spelt it out crystal clear: there is what is termed as HUMAN FALLIBILITY.