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[Xmca-l] Re: Hiroshima and us

Please post this on XMCA:

Message from Francine:

Reflecting on the bye gone days before an atomic bomb (or incendiary bombing) could kill
70,000 people at one day - yes it did take the Japanese in WWII six weeks to kill  300,000 Chinese in 1937 in the Rape of Nanking, weeks to kill 100,000 civilian Philippine civilians in 1945 in the Rape of Manila and 100,000 civilian in 1942 in the Rape of Singapore. Total estimate of civilians and prisoners of war killed by the Japanese in WWII is from 3 million to 10 million people (it is called the Asian Holocaust). This figure does not include those soldiers killed in combat fighting the Japanese Army.

This does not diminish the tragic suffering and loss of life in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Tokyo.

When entire cities are 'raped' for weeks not destroyed in one day is the suffering any less?

> Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2015 08:16:39 -0400
> From: mcole@ucsd.edu
> To: xmca-l@mailman.ucsd.edu
> Subject: [Xmca-l]  Hiroshima and us
> 70 years ago 70,000 people evaporated in Hiroshima, a few days after about
> as many were killed by Dresden-style fire bombing in Tokyo and just before
> like numbers were killed in Nagasaki.
> It seems worthwhile pausing for a minute to think about those bye gone days
> when we humans were not as skilled at mass extinction as we are now.
> Mike
> -- 
> Both environment and species change in the course of time, and thus
> ecological niches are not stable and given forever (Polotova & Storch,
> Ecological Niche, 2008)