By Prof. Akbar Montaser, George Washington University
The cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan were bombed by the United States in the ending legs of World War II in 1945.
After a firebombing campaign that demolished several Japanese cities, the Allies planned for a damaging assault on Japan. The conflict in Europe was concluded once Nazi Germany sign up for peace, laying down arms on May eight. Yet, the Pacific War lingered.
Jointly with the United Kingdom and the Republic of China, the United States asked Japan to surrender in the Potsdam Declaration on July twenty sixth or else. The Japanese leadership disregarded the demand. The pilots from the United States dropped one bomb on the city of Hiroshima on August sixth, followed by a second one over Nagasaki on August ninth. Nearly 200,000 people were slayed in seconds, mostly youngsters, sons, daughters, wives, and seniors. Indeed, innocents and noncombatants.
In WW I, 10 million perished. By the end of century twenty, nearly 100 million people lost their lives in wars or due to greed, religious arrogance, racism, interest in power, and other wicked exploits such as the murder of 20 million by Stalin on bogus charges. These statistics are more than the number of people murdered in prior ages. Human intelligence created miseries as wisdom was lost.
The United States military budget is nearly $1 trillion annually, larger than all military expenditures by other countries (see Stockholm International Peace Research Institute). One day of war in Iraq could have offered 163,525 US citizens health care or 34,904 4-year scholarships for university students (see data by American Friends Society). Armistice could save us $8 trillion in 2010. Mankind could have spared $38 trillion as of 2006 if it had been at goodwill (see 2011 Global Peace Index).
The past wars teach us prized lessons, best summarized below by Dr. David Krieger, President of Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (http://www.wagingpeace.org/).
Blessings for World Peace,
Professor of Chemistry (1981-2012)
The George Washington University
From The noble 13th century Persian Sufi poet Rumi:
“I go to a synagogue, church, and mosque, and I see the same spirit and the same altar”.