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One Morning in Nagasaki

Nagasaki remembers 08/09/45.

"Nagasaki was not intended as the original target for the atomic bomb. The US bomber had been heading to Kokura, but the city was covered with thick cloud on the day. The plane circled three times before changing course for Nagasaki.

When it arrived, Nagasaki too was covered in cloud. With dwindling fuel supplies, the pilot was about to turn back when a break in the cloud appeared."

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weather_fan
Aug. 9th, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that about Nagasaki. Does it seem to you that Nagasaki is almost always relegated to a position behind that of Hiroshima? I have a few guesses as to why, but I don't know if it's just something I think, or if it really is the case.
silverdee
Aug. 10th, 2005 11:31 am (UTC)
I didn't know that another city was the original target, either. A cloudy day is the savior of one and the doom of another.
surrealkitten
Aug. 9th, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)
jesus christ.
silverdee
Aug. 10th, 2005 11:31 am (UTC)
It is chilling, isn't it?
kwanyin2004
Aug. 10th, 2005 07:39 am (UTC)
I didn't know that. How heartbreaking for the people who lived there. But, in one of those weird ways, what a relief for the people of Kokura.

I think it's tragedy is often overlooked because of the size but mostly because it was second. We have an obsession with "firsts".
silverdee
Aug. 10th, 2005 11:35 am (UTC)
It's weird but I can relate to Kokura. During hurricane season, I hope that hurricanes don't hit New Orleans but know that if I make out okay, people I know and love in other places are going to be in harm's way. It puts me in a relieved/guilty place with each storm that goes somewhere else.
kwanyin2004
Aug. 10th, 2005 01:55 pm (UTC)
I think that's called "survivor syndrom." We feel guilty for surviving when other's don't. I think it shows empathy and compassion. I suppose if we were a Buddha, we wouldn'f feel guilty because we would be ready to take the pain upon ourselves if we could.

But we can't anyway, so it's all moot.
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