Charles Pillsbury III

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Lest we forget…

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There are a great many things we shouldn’t collectively forget (9/11 and WWII come to mind amongst them), so that title is a bit nebulous. The photographs linked to are not. They are some very gritty and painful to view images of the devastation that the bomb dropped on Hiroshima caused.

The Robert L. Capp collection at the Hoover Institution Archives contains ten never-before-published photographs illustrating the immediate aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing. These photographs, taken by an unknown Japanese photographer, were found in 1945 among rolls of undeveloped film in a cave outside Hiroshima by U.S. serviceman Robert L. Capp, who was attached to the occupation forces. Unlike most photos of the Hiroshima bombing, these dramatically convey the human as well as material destruction unleashed by the atomic bomb. Mr. Capp donated them to the Hoover Archives in 1998 with the provision that they not be reproduced until 2008.

[From Atomic Tragedy -- Photos]

So many acts of war are tragedies, and it is often that we feel safe in our developed world that we know we’ve got the superior military might (especially the atomic bomb). It’s far too easy to think lightly of that atomic bomb in something akin to the Stalin (I think it was Stalin, may have been Lenin, vaguely sure it was a Soviet) quote about “one death is a tragedy, 1000 deaths is just a statistic.” Each of the people who have died in each of the wars has had a family. Many of them husbands and wives and children, most of them at least parents. All of them with somebody who loved them for their quirks and eccentricities just as we all love our family and friends. Very few were attempting to be evil, most were just trying to be good citizens, and far to often it’s the “collateral damage” who want just to go do their daily job and spend time with their family who pay the highest costs.
Go look at the pictures, and then remember that “we do not have a monopoly on virtue any more than our enemies have a monopoly on sin.” And maybe go give the wife and kids a hug and kiss, and thank whatever you will that they’re here today.

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Written by cpillsbury

May 19th, 2008 at 3:54 am

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