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Today 74 years from Hiroshima: how much have we learned?

An event that coincides with the threats of the use of nuclear energy by various countries of the world

Today, on August 6, 2019, is the day of the anniversary of the horror of Hiroshima: 74 years ago the "Little Boy" atomic bomb was dropped from the United States on the city causing the death of 140,000 people. This morning, at 8:15 am local time, Japan observed the traditional minute of silence with 50,000 people gathered at the Memorial Peace Park.

Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima, asked his country to ratify the Nuclear Weapons Treaty and invited world leaders to visit the city: "I ask the Government of the only country that has had the experience of nuclear weapons in time of war to respond to the request of the 'hibakusha' (people exposed to the bomb, currently less than 146,000 alive and whose average age is just over 82 years) to see the nuclear treaty ratified to removing atomic arms from the world".

Also present  representatives of 92 nations and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who showed his willingness to act as a liaison between the countries that have the bomb and those who not: "With the help of both sides, I will patiently encourage them to dialogue and I am determined to lead international efforts in this direction".

An anniversary that comes during one of the most significant moments of fragility for the world on the post-war atomic issue: the United States has come out of the Inf 2 (see AVIONEWS), Korea threatens the world by launching ballistic missiles (see AVIONEWS), the Russian situation which wants to reaffirm together with the US primacy of power continues to be delicate, the fear of a possible nuclear war between India and Pakistan is becoming more and more concrete (see AVIONEWS), Iran wants to further reduce its commitments on nuclear (see AVIONEWS), Tehran responds to Washington's sanctions by violating international pacts, without mentioning the Israeli atomic arsenal or the continuous threats of countries that use the word "nuclear" as a horrible global scarecrow.

The Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet has expressed in a few lines the pain of Hiroshima, who offers (and suffers) in spite of himself, as a "memento mori" in the world:

"I come and stand at every door
But no one hears my silent tread
I knock and yet remain unseen
For I am dead, for I am dead.

I'm only seven although I died
In Hiroshima long ago
I'm seven now as I was then
When children die they do not grow.

My hair was scorched by swirling flame
My eyes grew dim, my eyes grew blind
Death came and turned my bones to dust
And that was scattered by the wind.

I need no fruit, I need no rice
I need no sweet, nor even bread
I ask for nothing for myself
For I am dead, for I am dead.

All that I ask is that for peace
You fight today, you fight today
So that the children of this world
May live and grow and laugh and play".

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