Re: [xmca] Hiroshima Nagasaki

From: Naeem Hashmi <nhashmi who-is-at>
Date: Fri Aug 10 2007 - 14:58:02 PDT


I could not agree more ... we, here is America, have a very short
memory....Perhaps, a Nations' memory maturation comes with age of culture of
the nation ! (... but that's another discussion thread..) Moreover, we
don't teach our kids 'what is outside'. We teach kids from only looking
inside - not looking from outside-in.

Me, being a Nuclear Physicist, I often sit back and think, how in the name
of self-defined-security, we destroy 'humanity".

It was just a coincidence, or an unconscious effort, that 2 days back on the
anniversary of A-Bomb drop, I was sorting through my 'old' photo album. This
photo (a snap of the photo is attached) popped out that reminded me of the
moment when I actually held this object in my hand that triggered stream of
emotions way back in August 1979....almost 30 years back (yes.. another old

Well, this object was collected by a team of Americans who went to
Hiroshima-and-Nagasaki after the a-BOM to observe its effects. In 1979,
when I was working at the Nuclear Radiation Center (NRC) at Washington State
University, this object was brought in to scan for radioactivity. I do not
recall which colleague brought this to the NRC but I took this photo. This
was a ceramic doll or something which still had intense heat burn marks on
forehead, chest and side due to Intense heat exposure... When I held the
object in my palm, I sensed as if Object is communicating and asking
'why'... and this photo brings back same emotions anytime when I see..
Perhaps touching an object that survived reminds of thousands of innocent
lost lives that have no choice...


Naeem Hashmi
Chief Research Officer
Information Frameworks
T: 603-552-5171 M: 603-661-6820
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike Cole" <>
To: "Kiyoshi AMANO2" <>
Cc: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <>
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2007 11:56 AM
Subject: Re: [xmca] Hiroshima Nagasaki
> Good day, Amano-san,
> I am afraid we are discussing the memories of old people now, memories 
> that
> appear to have been lost in the younger generation in the US.
>>From the following articles from Japanese English Language Newspapers,
> it appears that the events are still alive in collecitve memory, but their
> meaning
> is perhaps more disputed.
> mike
> On 8/10/07, Kiyoshi AMANO2 <> wrote:
>> Dear Mike!
>> Thank you  very much for your message on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
>> I transmitted your mail to the mailing lists of Japanese Psychologists
>> Which I belong to. We Japanese wish rupture of all nuclear weapons.
>>                                             Kiyoshi Amano, Tokyo
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: []
>> On Behalf Of Mike Cole
>> Sent: Friday, August 10, 2007 11:45 AM
>> To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
>> Subject: [xmca] Hiroshima Nagasaki
>> It appears that yet another form of amnesia has overtaken xlchc/xmca.
>> No
>> one has thought to remember, in
>> public sorrow, the fact that the United States dropped atomic bombs on
>> the
>> Japanese cities of Hiroshima and
>> Nasaki on Aug 6-9th of some year or other a long time ago..... probably
>> too
>> long a time ago to remember, so
>> many more atrocities have occurred in the interim.
>> My deepest apologies to my Japanese friends and colleagues for this
>> desperate, atrocious acts.
>> They were not the last, and certainly not the most recent  mistakes
>> taken by
>> my government in the
>> name of democracy and human decency. That such actions taken in my name
>> have
>> been matched in
>> horrifying measure by other countries, for whatever reasons, does not
>> lessen
>> my responsibility, and the
>> responsibility of all those who read this note.
>> Hiroshima. Nagasaki.
>> Those who forget are inviting such treatment on themselves, their
>> children,
>> and their grandchildren.
>> In this context I am moved to repeat two messages I read a year ago at
>> the
>> internment camp in Manzenar, California,
>> where thousands of Nisei Americans were interned:
>> Benjamin Franklin: They that can give up essential liberties to obtain a
>> little temporaray security deserve neither liberty nor safety"
>> Tom Paine: (one of my founding fathers, at least): He that would make
>> his
>> own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he
>> violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to
>> himself.
>> mike
>> _______________________________________________
>> xmca mailing list
> _______________________________________________
> xmca mailing list

xmca mailing list

Received on Fri Aug 10 15:00 PDT 2007

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.8 : Mon Oct 08 2007 - 06:02:23 PDT