Saturday, August 6, 2005


Today is the 60th anniversary of the Americans dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. I attended the Peace Festival, which I've done before, but it was just as moving as if I was there for the first time. I've been to Hiroshima probably 100 times by now, but it feels different to be in Hiroshima on August 6th.

I don't understand the complexities of WWII, and it will be forever debated whether or not the Americans needed to use the bomb, but I will say that being in Hiroshima makes me feel deep, deep shame. Sometimes I feel shame for being an American, but mostly I feel shame for just being human.

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