65 years ago, the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on the population from Hiroshima. Today they are imposing sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran for its attempt to build nuclear weapons. In 2005, the newly-elected president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, told the Iranians that nuclear energy is their absolute right.
Reading articles about Hiroshima today made me wonder how developed are the developed nations. Is their level of development measured just in access to education, health services, and resources? Or also in the amount of nuclear weapons that they possess? Mankind is made of a bunch of children playing with very sharp toys.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) seem to have been created by the governments of the great and peaceful developed world for the poor nations that are still fighting religious and territorial wars, are dying of starvation and are uneducated. If the MDGs would have been created by the governments for the development of the whole wide world, the nonproliferation of the Weapons of Mass Destruction would have been one of great MDGs to achieve by 2015. But the governments preferred to promise education, health and water to the Africans that still dream about living in developed countries where “my nuclear bomb is more destructive than your nuclear bomb”.
PS: Ironically enough, I received an e-mail today from Organising for America (a project of the Democratic National Committee of the United States) with the subject “45 years ago”. They are reminding me about Voting Rights Act and asking support for the November elections. But they don’t mention a word about what happened 65 years ago.
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