Illuminating the world

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, August 11, 2004

The other day was the 59th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki. The atomic bomb "fat man" was detonated over the city of 270,000 inhabitants. Twenty-four thousand people died instantly and an additional 46,000 died within the next four months from radiation exposure.

Nagasaki and Hiroshima both escaped much of the fire bombing that destroyed other centers of Japanese industry and war production. These cities were chosen because their populations would still approximate pre-war census numbers, removing variables from gathering an accurate death toll.

It always fascinates me how quietly landmark days such as this pass without even a peep in our collective conscious. Ignorance is bliss. The United States, historically, has been leading the world out of the darkness. Unfortunately it is not in the way that you think.

Keep up the good work at the paper.

David Williams

Juneau



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