Category Archives: Hiroshima/Nagasaki


At the 15 August Canberra launch of the ‘Side by Side’ DVD and Educational toolkit on UNSC Resolution 1325, WILPF received a huge vote of thanks for its major leading role in the development of Australia’s National Action Plan on … Continue reading

The long shadow of Hiroshima

In this article, In Hiroshima’s Shadow Noam Chomsky reminds us that August 6, the anniversary of Hiroshima, should be a day of somber reflection, not only on the terrible events of that day in 1945, but also on what they revealed: that humans, in their dedicated quest to extend their capacities for destruction, had finally found a way to approach the ultimate limit.

He also reminds us how at significant points in history since then  leaders have acted with a clear understanding that they are increasing the risk that such an atrocity could be initiated again.

For example, historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr, refers to the Cuban missile crisis as an event initiated with a clear understanding of the risks of starting a nuclear war

Disaster was perilously close in 1962, and there has been no shortage of dangerous moments since. In 1973, in the last days of the Arab-Israeli war, Henry Kissinger called a high-level nuclear alert. India and Pakistan have come close to nuclear war. There have been innumerable cases when human intervention aborted nuclear attack only moments before launch after false reports by automated systems. There is much to think about on August 6.

This is a good article about the failure of world leaders to grasp the opportunity to  move to a  less nuclear armed state of global affairs.

Hiroshima Day – 2011

Saturday 6 August 8.15 am 

On this day 66 years ago, the first atomic bomb fell on Hiroshima, Japan, followed by another dropped on Nagasaki, killing 200,000 people & maiming for life many thousands more.

We invite you to meet around the Peace Memorial, between the National Library and Lake Burleigh Griffin, at 8.15am, the exact time that the bomb was dropped, for half an hour of gentle reflection to commemorate the survivors of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to show our aversion to any such event happening again.

Please bring friends, flowers, a poem, short story or other offering that you wish to share. There is a parking area just north of the Library,

We will gather for breakfast at 9am at the Quaker Meeting House on the corner of Bent and Condamine Streets, Turner.  Please bring some food to share. Do join us there even if you couldn’t attend the vigil.

For further information contact Mary Ziesak, 0409 496  474 / 02 6452 2773