We still have a mission to fulfill on the anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
We must rededicate ourselves to building peace and reducing nuclear weapons worldwide. The atomic bombs leveled the two Japanese cities near the end of World War II, killing over 100,000 people instantly. Many others died in the aftermath from wounds and radiation exposure, a slow and painful death. The horror of World War II and the atomic bombings is something we must not forget.
But as time has passed, this has become harder. Even back in 1979, Ambassador Gerard C. Smith asked, “Where is the horror we felt in looking at photos of Nagasaki and Hiroshima? All of us, I think, have become calloused to the threat of nuclear war and the effects of nuclear weapons.”
see my full commentary which appeared in the August 7th print edition of the Chicago Tribune.