Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Requiem For the Children of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Iraq


On August 6th and 9th 1945 my heart was joined to the children in Hiroshima and Nagasaki whose whole world was shattered in a few seconds by American atomic bombs ( one named Little Boy ) ~ that signaled to the world that we have the capability of destroying countless others instantaneously ~ as we have now done to thousands of innocent children in Iraq: Allen L Roland

It was a strange summer day, that 6th day of August in 1945, and I was sitting by myself just across the street from my home in Nahant, Massachusetts.
I remember the moment well ~ I was gazing towards the south, towards the ocean and suddenly I felt a shudder from deep within myself .
It was a momentary sense of deep collective loss and shortly after that I saw my twin brother excitedly running towards me.
He told me that he had just heard on the radio that we had dropped an Atomic bomb on Hiroshima and that thousands had died in the blast. Three days later, like a dagger in humanity's heart, it happened again in Nagasaki.

I felt very sad for part of me innately knew the world would never be the same and I knew I had felt, at that exact moment, the collective loss of thousands of Japanese children who were incinerated, maimed and left homeless by these unnecessary barbaric attacks. I also had a profound feeling that something very ominous for humanity had just happened ~ and I was right !

The following extraordinary 10 minute you tube video is all in Japanese but English subtitles are not necessary ~ for it fully captures the joy and then utter despair of a young Hiroshima boy and his family on that fateful August day in 1945.

Take some time to watch it this week ~ but also bear in mind the tens of thousands of innocent children who have been killed and maimed in Iraq under the same but now badly frayed American flag of freedom, liberty and democracy.

And then listen to these angelic voices as they honor their innocent slain brothers and sisters in Iraq and Afghanistan ~ as well as Gaza and throughout the world with this requiem. ( 3 minute Video )

Allen L Roland

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