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Friday, March 16, 2007

Room 10A The Descent of .... ?

Hiroshima - failure or victory for "the ascent of man"?
Could we caption this "The Descent of Man"?

(And the title - what of the role of women in all of this? Ascent of People? "The Ascent of Everest" ... and so on...)

The United States is the only country to have dropped an atomic bomb on a country - to have used a WOMD. The injures caused were horrific . J Bronowski was an official observor of this aftermath. The picture above shows Hiroshima blasted. It is controversial as indeed the US faced a vicious, indeed merciless, foe. It also probably saved the lives of thousands of heroic US soldiers. We have the paradox of the US victory over Japanese fascism (but it is also true that the Chinese and the Vietnamese defeated the Japanese in their respective countries, losing far more lives than the US) and this terrible and controversial event in human history.

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