Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Article 9 in Japan's Constitution (III)

August 6 --- a majority of Japanese know what happened on this day 58 years ago. The first A-bomb in human history was dropped on Hiroshima. Another A-bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, and Japan surrendered on August 15.

I hear that American students are taught that the two bombs were justifiable because it helped to end the war earlier and saved a lot of people's lives which would have been lost if the war had lasted more. But I don't think any nuclear weapons should be justified in any sense and for any reason.

Visit Hiroshima. Visit the Peace Museum. And you will learn what really happened under the mashroom cloud. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people were killed in agony. They were not soldiers. They were just mothers, fathers, daughters and sons. And they were killed in horrible ways by radiation. Even though they had not been killed instantly, their bodies were influenced by the radiation and became weak after several years, like Sadako (the model of the statue in Hiroshima Peace Park).

Instead of hating American people, Japanese started to reflect themselves. Why did we start that terrible war? What did we do to people in other countries, especially Asian people? Japanese people promised people killed in the war that we would never repeat the same mistake. The Article 9 in Japan's Constitution was born under this situation.