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There are 6 comments on Stone Gallery Exhibition Recalls the Horrors of Hiroshima

  1. I wandered into the gallery between classes, was moved and overwhelmed. I knew of Toshi only through her children’s book about Hiroshima. Had known nothing about the panels.

    I hope many come to see the exhibit in the next couple of weeks.

  2. This is a very powerful gallery display and I can hear the voices of those who perished during and after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Einstein’s warning letter about the power of nuclear chain reaction and the possibility of Nazi Germany building their first atomic bomb encouraged the FDR administration to initiate the Manhattan Project and the first testing of the bomb in July 1945 changed the course of history. I still consider it was unnecessary for the U.S. to drop both Little Boy and Fat Man since Japan was already close to its defeat. So many Japanese civilians died along with Koreans, Chinese, and Americans. Whenever there’s a war, the civilians are the ones who suffer the most and the two artists successfully depicted people’s tragic moments.

    1. Perhaps. Hindsight may appear to be 20/20, but even then it is not. One must remember that the imperial Japanese fought using strategies that were baffling to the Americans. Even when they had assured defeat in some islands they fought to the death, needlessly killing thousands more soldiers and civilians than was necessary for the eventual outcome of the battle. There was little-to-no indication that Japan was going to surrender their homeland differently than the way they failed to surrender their conquered islands. Remember, even though the atomic bombs were terrible, the Tokyo fire bombings were no joke and they did not bring the Japanese to fly the white flag.

      That being said, it is an incredibly sad tragedy. It is painful to think of all the lives and opportunities that were lost in an instant. It would be lovely if there were some redeeming qualities to war, and if it weren’t so ugly and gruesome. However, war is ugly, and it’s supposed to be. Perhaps its gruesomeness is its redeeming quality since it creates the disincentive for us to embark in it.

      Sometimes though, we are not given an option. If someone attacks me and shows intent on capturing or killing my friends and family, I will defend them with everything I have.

      1. No need to repeat this propaganda rubbish. Nuclear attack on Japan is nothing to do with defeating its military. It didn’t end war, it start new one (cold war). On the other hand attacking civilians, killing women and children can and should be classified as act of terrorism and war crime.

  3. Would not be here if the bomb’s weren’t dropped. First stop Iwo Jima, next stop main land Japan for my father in 1945. I consider Myself lucky to be here. It was the right decision.

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