Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

This year marks the 71th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two cities that were totally devastated by the end of World War 11. Hiroshima and Nagasaki are the horrible legacy of nuclear blast on humanity. After 1945, nuclear warheads gone beyond 10,000 in number possessed by eight nuclear powers. Disarmament and denuclearization are the goals but nuclear arsenals are keep increasing giving a sense of insecurity to world’s peace. On 11 April US Secretary of State John Kerry visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and sympathized with the victims. He described his visit as ‘gut wrenching’ but he did not apologize to victims and Japan.  Apology is not US policy toward the dropping of the nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August 1945 that killed 140,000 and 80,000 people respectively. This was the most horrendous and inhuman act ever committed in living human history. We made numerous pledges against denuclearization but we have hardly listen lessons from the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in universally banning nuclear arsenals. The world is looking toward President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima in May and hopes that as the first American President he might apologize to Japan. He can rewrite human history and can build peace.

Dr Ahmad Rashid Malik