On August 6, 1945, a nuclear bombing occurred that sent one city into total chaos in a matter of seconds. The result would be the loss of approximately one hundred and thirty thousand lives over a period of three months.
"The Fate of the Earth" by Jonathan Schell provides the reader from today's generation with a detailed description of this atrocity. For most readers, this is the first time that they have read of this destructive event since it happened so long ago.
Our world may have been affected at the time by this horrific action but it has now become a memory forgotten by many. When people forget about or are unaware of the damage suffered because of a bombing, it is much more likely that it will happen all over again.
Numerous bombings have taken place since Hiroshima. Hundreds of thousands, or possibly millions of people have been killed because of this means of battle. In the past and today, the main countries responsible for the bombings have citizens who have not directly experienced the inflicted torture and suffering. One can not completely understand the pain and loss until it has happened to them. These countries do not realize the destruction they have caused.
The continuing conflicts in the Middle East and Asia may possibly set the seen for a more horrendous tragic event. With the advancement of technology, nuclear bombings are destined to become more deadly.
The only way our world can change is to make people more aware of the consequences of these uncivilized actions. We must learn to no longer resort to extreme and drastic measures by attempting to come to solutions through discussion and better communication.