Many people are recalling the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan on this day in 1945. I prefer to think that humanity, my people, have successfully gone 68 years without using a nuclear weapon in warfare.
The conventional wisdom in my world is that the atomic bombing prevented the casualties and destruction which would have ensued in an invasion of the Japanese mainland. As my father experienced a unsuccessful kamikaze attack on his cargo ship off the island of Okinawa, this idea is not implausible to me. I realize there are alternate opinions, like this one by John V. Denson. Would I have made a wiser decision than President Truman? I’m not sure. I’m not sure it’s profitable for me to even contemplate such a thing.
I am pleased to report that there has only been one nuclear test that I know of in the past twelve months, the North Korean nuclear test of February 2013. That’s a positive development, considering our history of nuclear testing.
But what to do next? Like I know. Don’t we already know that wars have their seeds in covetousness, wanting something that somebody else has? Don’t we already know that covetousness has its seeds in ingratitude, having issues with what we have? Don’t we already know that good fences make good neighbors? Don’t we already know that weakness is provocative? All I know is that I need to get out more. I’m hearing a verse from the song “The Last Resort” by The Eagles in my mind’s ear:
Who will provide the grand design?
What is yours and what is mine?
‘Cause there is no more new frontier
We have got to make it here
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