“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Martin Luther King, Jr

Friday, May 9, 2008

Old Horrors, Why Are We Still At It?

I started this blog because the atrocities that we do to each other are so horrifying, yet with time the images and stories grow dim in our minds. Or we were not born, and think they are just stories in a History lesson. I am posting these pictures and they are graphic, not to scare you or give you something to point at and say " oh how awful". I am posting these because they are what war is. Death and disfigurement, lives destroyed, because essentially two governments disagree on something that in all reality should not be worth innocent lives. People who are no different than us, in that they have their beliefs and customs who just happen to be different than ours. Really, who are we as humans in this world to judge? Can we judge because we don't have the same religious beliefs as another Nation? Who are they to judge us? These are my opinions and I am sure some may disagree. After all war has gone on for centuries. But does that make it right?

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.


frostygirl said...

It is amazing how most countries have their days of horror. I am a South African and in our history when our fathers (the Boers) fought against the British we had a situation where the British burnt down the Boers farms and houses and took their women and children and placed them in concentration camps where many died due to poor conditions.

I it dreadful to see the photo's on your blog, humanity has a very dark side

mitch said...

You are so right. All war is horrible. These pictures are very graphic and some may not want to see them, but this is reality and it must be faced. Nothing is good about war. Any war anywhere.

Relax Max said...

Ok, let me understand you, Mitch. You would rather these be piles of American soldiers bodies after an invasion of Japan, where as many as 50,000 American soldiers would have died, but for the bomb? Am I reading you right? Bad for Japanese to die but good for Americans to die? Who attacked whom in that war? Do you remember?

I love ya babe, but I think you should stick to actual atrocities and not the results of self defense by the good guys. I know you are tough enough for that. Just sayin', my love.

Jena Isle said...

Horrifying pictures. Reminders that war should be avoided at all cost. Thanks for posting.

Azure Islands Designs said...

Tragic photos...war is tragic...


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