Saturday, July 30, 2011

Excerpt of the day

'As we watched from the playground, amid the monkey bars, the school principal told the young crowd, "No students were here on that day, but this did not save them. Over 1300 of your former classmates died that day. Now you are 780 in number. Look around you and imagine all of you plus 500 of your brothers and sisters perishing." My own daughter was barely out of elementary school so tears filled my eyes. Indeed, the death toll of children from this one school eclipsed by more than a thousand the total number of Japanese military personnel killed in Nagasaki that day. The school also lost twenty-eight of its forty-two teachers.' - Greg Mitchell, ATOMIC COVER-UP: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and The Greatest Movie Never Made


base2014 said...

it's good to be reminded on the fact that behind all the numbers of the dead in Afghanistan, Iraq, and all the other regions of war ... there are human beings and feelings and pain which you don't see on TV; do you think the world would be different if people would see the cruelty on TV?

Hume's Ghost said...

I think the world would be different (read: better) if tv "news" actually covered news; and did so as civic minded journalists rather than court of Versailles gossips.

Raymond Cervantez said...

I sat stunned and cringing as I dared myself to read the horrific facts in the the book preview. Am I truly a civilized part of human existence?