|The Lessons We Haven’t Learned
Thursday was the 75th anniversary of the U.S. nuclear bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Kazumi Matsui, the city’s mayor, likened the coronavirus pandemic to the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, which killed 50 million people worldwide because “nations fighting World War I were unable to meet the threat together.”
Matsui said an ensuing upsurge in nationalism resulted in World War II and the atomic bombings. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s comments promoting nuclear demilitarization invite stark contrast against Donald Trump’s actions during his term to withdraw the U.S. from several nuclear arms treaties, notes Common Dreams.
Helen Caldicott for The Progressive wrote a personal account of childhood disillusionment in Australia at the end of World War II, which expands into a historical account and commentary on the persisting threat of nuclear war. Caldicott is founder of the 1978 iteration of Physicians for Social Responsibility, which won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize as part of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.