August 7, 2005

Ground Zero


Any thoughts on why the MSM practically ignored the 60th anniversary of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki this past week? 

Is it because the worldwide nuke situation is so unstable that nobody wants to look too closely?  Or, could it be that the media would rather let it pass than alienate the Administration over the government’s pro-atom policy, it’s inability to contain nuclear trafficking (especially by Pakistan) or it’s failure to maintain the Clinton administration’s progress in containing North Korea’s program?

This commemoration, by Peace Action New York State, spells out "Hiroshima" in the shape of human figures.  The fact the letters are both temporal and impressed into the ground couldn’t be more evocative.  Perhaps more noteworthy, however, is the fact the pedestrian is walking on the memorial and seems completely oblivious. 

It also seems more than a little ominous to consider these horrific acts from a birds-eye view.

(image: Keith Bedford/Reuters.  August 6, 2005 in YahooNews)

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