Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Out of the frying pan into the frying pan.


Tsutomu Yamaguchi is a survivor. Not only he is 93 years old, but according to this article he has just become the first certified survivor of both atomic bombs.
Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip on 6 August 1945 when a US B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on the city. He suffered serious burns to his upper body and spent the night in the city. He then returned to his hometown of Nagasaki.
One Nagasaki city official said, "It's such an unfortunate case." though he did survive one event (read: war crime) that killed 140,000 people and then another that killed 70,000 and has managed to live over 60 years while others who survived the blasts have succumbed to all sorts of horrible lingering deaths; meanwhile Mr. Yamaguchi doesn't look a day over 70 and he still has all his own hair.

It must have been horrific though; to witness, and barely escape, such a cataclysmic mass murder, only to see it replayed a few days later in your own hometown. It's unbelievable, but I wonder how much worse it really would've been than being in Korea a few years later, or Guatemala a few years after that, or Vietnam, or Cambodia, or Laos, or any of the countries the US military has chosen to light on fire in the name of their benevolent foreign policy.

1 comment:

Jeff and Jo and Mocha said...

Hmmm, reminds me of a plotline for Unbreakable....

Could this guy be a super man?