~ Pranav Kishore Saxena
On this day, the 6th of August 1945, the world changed completely, both in the political and scientific sense. This was the day that marked the beginning of what they called in the 20th century as, ‘The Nuclear Age’; the 21st century would eventually use nuclear power as a tool for diplomacy, subjugation and economic benefit.
While Japan and Germany were celebrating their short-lived success in the Second World War, the memories of destruction and death of American soldiers during the Pearl Harbor attack of 1942 were fresh in the minds of the American Public and its political regime. The US formally entered the Second World War to finally put an end to it, using a pretty mischievous method.
Enola Gay, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber dropped an atom bomb code named “Little boy” on Hiroshima in Japan which was the greatest attack on humans ever recorded in the history of Humankind. Around 80,000 people died due to its impact and around 3, 00,000 due to its radiation.
On the 9th of August 1945, three days after the American tested their bomb on Japanese, another atom bomb, code named “Fat Man” was dropped on Nagasaki, which forced the Japanese to surrender on the 14th of August 1945; the allied forces in April 1945 penetrated the borders of Germany, to enter Berlin, only to see Hitler dead.
The Second World War, which almost devastated Europe due to its own cynical and greedy intentions ended. However, the new superpowers (USA and the erstwhile USSR) found a new excuse to engage into conflicts, this time not on their own soil, but in other countries. Thus, an arms race started which stockpiled the American and the Soviet arsenals with Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs).
This article is definitely not meant for us to stick with the past events and fret about what happened seventy three years ago. My motive was to make sure my readers do not forget what war has in its magic box for all of us. Thomas Jefferson once said, “There has never been a good war or a bad peace”. Indeed, war has devastating consequences and it becomes crucial for citizens to understand that there is no pride and glory in war, an opinion that would contradict the ancient and medieval notions in some people’s mind.
In the 21st century, various wars, proxy wars and economic wars (sanctions) developed the world we’re living in. Nuclear energy and the possibility of a nuclear war could be considered responsible for it. From the Iraq War to the US’s back out from the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), all these major world events that destroy international peace is a gift from our near past. Again, I’d clarify; I refrain from, and refute the idea of fretting over past issues, but as Dr. Shashi Tharoor says “Let them forgive, but let them never forget”.
Pranav Kishore Saxena is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The True Voice.