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6th and 9th August, Death Anniversary of US Morality

Posted by yourpakistan on August 7, 2012

Hibakusha : Tsyuo Kataoka, Nagasaki, 1961. Photograph by Shomei Tomatsu

PKKH Exclusive | by Aneela Shahzad

During the final stages of World War 11 in 1945, the United States conducted two atomic bombings against the civilian population of two heavily populated cities of the world. In Hiroshima, on 6 August, at least 66,000 people were incinerated in an instant, by the Manhattan developed pet code-name ‘little Boy’ and at least 30,000 three days later when we used a second bomb, code-named “Fat Man” on Nagasaki. Moms sending kids to school, Fathers at work, Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, everyone killed instantaneously.

Exact casualty figures are impossible to state, because population records turned to ash along with the record-keepers, and radiation caused many deaths long after the actual explosions. Tadatoshi Akiba, a former math professor at Tufts, published an article in 1983 in which he calculated that 200,000 people had died as result of the bomb in Hiroshima by 1950, and another 140,000 in Nagasaki. Nearly all were civilians—only 150 Japanese military were killed. 

226,598 officially certified survivors of the atomic bombings are still alive in Japan today. The average age of these witnesses, however, is now seventy-three. Most have been struggling with radiation-related illness for much of their lives, and death will surely have silenced the majority of them by the seventieth anniversary of the bombing in 2015.

Nearly all of the children under ten years of age developed injuries to the thyroid. Leukemia was the first cancer to be observed in children from Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the bombing. Pregnant women at that time experienced incidences of miscarriages, stillbirths, deaths during infancy, abnormalities and mental retards in their children.

After dropping the death messenger over the people of Hiroshima, the pilot chanted over the mic. ‘I have never seen such beautiful colors in my life’

US president Henry Truman who had ordered the crime came on radio and told the world that US has “saved valuable human” lives as more people could have killed in a regular war with Japan.

Should the US be condemned, world-wide for its genocidal mass killing or should the day be remembered with silent candles in a remote part of the world.

Should we the people of the world, close our eyes to the blood-addicted, war-frenzy, occupation-one-policy and a single-strategy of the US, hell-bent on grabbing the world’s oil and wealth, effectively causing whatever destruction and loss of life is good enough for the cause AND join them in their self-proclaimed peace, love and democracy chanting, calling themselves the saviours of humanity, awarding themselves noble-prizes, teaching the world what morals are.

While the US does run after any country of the world that shows the slightest interest to build nuclear technology, sanctioning whole nations from availing bare necessities of survival; at the same time champion Israel and India with assistance and heavy funds for their nuclear ambitions.


Does the US stand for a nuclear free world community or just a nuclear free Muslim world? Then what are the good folk of left with the nuclear bombs do, they will act morally, we are told! Yes, just like they have acted morally in Iraq and Afghanistan, like they have acted morally in Kashmir, Palestine and Gaza, like they have acted impartially in Libya and Egypt and like they have been just to the African nations.

Today, when the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki vigil in silence, the people of the world should by no means consider themselves safe from nuclear annihilation. If it were not for an opposing country like Pakistan, that has held with deterrence to its nuclear program, the world would have definitely have seen more nuclear death-dramas, performed by ruthless powers that feel no shame in killing the masses, no shame in droning innocent civilians and no shame in cornering and starving unarmed locals with inhuman sanctions; all in the name of the love of humanity.

Aneela Shahzad is an editor at and can be contacted,  and you can also find her at Aneela Shahzad’s Blog.


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