Re: [xmca] Hiroshima Nagasaki

From: Paul Dillon <phd_crit_think who-is-at>
Date: Fri Aug 10 2007 - 17:50:36 PDT

  Upon reading your story about the burnt doll, an old song immediately began to wind its sorrow through my mind:
  "I come and stand at every door
But no one hears my silent tread
I knock and yet remain unseen
For I am dead, for I am dead.
  I'm only seven although I died
In Hiroshima long ago
I'm seven now as I was then
When children die they do not grow.
  My hair was scorched by swirling flame
My eyes grew dim, my eyes grew blind
Death came and turned my bones to dust
And that was scattered by the wind.
  I need no fruit, I need no rice
I need no sweet, nor even bread
I ask for nothing for myself
For I am dead, for I am dead.
  All that I ask is that for peace
You fight today, you fight today
So that the children of this world
May live and grow and laugh and play."
    Perhaps the younger generations have simply become innured to such horror since the violence has only increased since 9/6/45.
  Someone (help) said, "Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it."
  Or something like that . . .
  Paul Dillon

Naeem Hashmi <> wrote:

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
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----- 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
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