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Lest we forget

Dear Sir,

Today (August 7, 2020) is the 75th anniversary of the atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima, soon to be followed by the second one — on August 9, 1945 on Nagasaki — which resulted in the surrender of Japan on August 15, 1945, bringing an end to the Second World War.

These bombs killed more people than those lost thus far to the Covid-19 pandemic. The destruction caused was massive, and may this be the last time such bombs are used.

At the time, it was considered to be justified to terminate the war, but one has to wonder whether such a vast loss of life and the consequences of these bombs causing health problems to the survivors were worth it. It was considered necessary to prevent a large loss of life to the Allies.

A cousin of mine was one of 80 survivors of a brigade of between 800 and 1,000 men who fought in the Burma campaign.

Let us not forget all of those lives and loved ones lost during the Second World War.

I trust, Sir, you will remember them.

ANTONY SIESE

Paget

Unforgettable memories: an allied correspondent stands in the rubble of the shell of a building that once was a movie theatre in Hiroshima, Japan, on September 8, 1945 after the first nuclear weapon ever used in warfare was dropped by the United States on August 6, 1945 to hasten Japan's surrender. Estimates vary, but about 140,000 people are believed to have died in the nuclear blast (Photograph by Stanley Troutman/AP)

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Published August 08, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated August 08, 2020 at 9:28 am)

Lest we forget

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