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Remembering Hiroshima

nuclear explosion Hiroshima Day

The Nuclear Threat Initiative sent me the following e-mail this morning:

"Seventy-one years ago tomorrow, the city of Hiroshima was leveled by an awesome and gruesome new weapon: the atomic bomb. Three days later, Nagasaki faced the same fate. Today, the world has entered a new and potentially more dangerous era of nuclear risks.

Consider this: There are now nine nuclear-armed countries with arsenals that could destroy our way of life; bomb-making material is spread across 24 countries, much of it poorly secured; and there are thousands of radiological sources worldwide that could be stolen by terrorists and used to build dirty bombs.

Meanwhile, tensions between the United States and Russia, which hold the vast majority of the world's nuclear weapons, are growing -- and a costly and destabilizing new arms race is underway.

Against this challenging backdrop, we cannot allow ourselves or our leaders to be complacent about the need to address today's risks."

Did you remember to honor the hundreds of thousands killed?

Did you remember that hundreds of thousands of nuclear warheads sit ready for the next war?

Gather your loved ones around you, read the story, and make a paper crane or two.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Then vow to remember nuclear war every day and to stand up and protest the continued existence of nuclear warheads in the world.

"…Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." Robert Oppenheimer (1945)

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