Skip to comments.Nagasaki Marks 61st Anniversary of A - Bomb
Posted on 08/09/2006 5:57:16 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy
Filed at 1:25 a.m. ET
TOKYO (Reuters) - The mayor of Nagasaki criticized Iran and North Korea for their nuclear programs and had harsh words for the United States for failing to halt nuclear proliferation as the Japanese city marked the 61st anniversary of its atomic bombing.
Elderly survivors, children and dignitaries bowed their heads at the city's Peace Park near ``ground zero'' for a moment of silence at 11:02 a.m. -- the moment when a U.S. bomber dropped the world's second atomic bomb on August 9, 1945.
Earlier, others attended masses at Urakami Cathedral in the city, home to many of Japan's tiny number of Christians.
The anniversaries of the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima three days earlier coincide this year with renewed concerns about nuclear programs by Iran and by North Korea, which last month jolted the region by firing a salvo of missiles.
``Voices of anger and frustration are echoing throughout the city,'' Nagasaki Mayor Itcho Ito told thousands of people gathered to mourn the more than 140,000 people known to have died.
``The time has come for those nations that rely on the force of nuclear armaments to respectfully heed the voices of peace-loving people, not least the atomic bomb survivors.''
Ito also had harsh words for the United States and other nuclear powers for their failure to halt proliferation.
``The nuclear weapon states have not demonstrated sincerity in their efforts at disarmament. The United States of America in particular has issued a tacit approval of nuclear weapons development by India,'' Ito said.
``At the same time, nuclear weapons declarant North Korea is threatening the peace and security of Japan and the world as a whole.
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Of course the US just dropped the atomic bombs on Japan as an act of racism and imperialism and the Japanese where wholly innocent of doing anything and if they did anything it was the fault of FDR and the US. </sarcasm
"You remember who I am?"
"You want me to do that again?"
No, the pity party is only for anti-American acts...
No, the pity party is only for themselves... there's no sympathy for crimes committed against Americans. Never has been...
What a perfect opportunity that would have been to have snuck up behind the Mayor and popped a paper sack.
I know, it's my birthday.
The bomb in the end, ultimately saved a lot more Japanese lives than even American lives. It would have gotten ugly had we invaded the Japanese islands.
They do good work up there on the mesa in New Mexico....
I searched far and wide for any Nagasaki articles that were more historical & analytical, rather than about Japan's amnesia, but unfortunately couldn't find any.
Of course the lefty appeaseniks would have had us negotiate with Tojo.
3 days before the 21st anniversary of Hiroshima's bomb, I stood close to ground zero. That was a few weeks prior to going to the Nam. Was wishing we had a truman type in office instead of the bum we had. Wanted him to drop a bunch of these things along the DMZ so I'd have "glow in the dark targets". No such luck.