Ghosts of the Past

Sixty-one years ago today, the Enola Gay dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. That singular event ushered in a new and terrible era of human history. Never before had humans posessed such a technology that nearly guaranteed the distruction of the entire human race. Fast forward to today, and that little fact is all the more evident. With no fewer than 9 to 10 of the countries richest, most powerful nations armed to the tooth with nukes. I happen to find it ironic that the countries most regarded as the best, brightest and most advanced also have the greatest capabilitiy to undo that greatness. I suppose it gives new meaning to the phrase “with great power comes great responsibility”

But along with that phrase comes the question “who, exactly, bears the weight of that responsibility?” Is it the president? The military leaders? Or is it the people who the leaders of this country are sworn to protect? The power and the weight of the associated responsibility lies with the masses. Like it or not, the fate of the world is ours to decide. Sure, there may be one man or one group who controls the various armories of nuclear warheads, but is our responsibility to put those people into power, and take them out of power when we feel our best intrest is no longer their primary goal.

Sixty-one years ago, the world awakened into a new era no one knew about. Lives were changed, new fears were faced, and we were forced to deal with our own mortality. Today, those fears are rekindled with a new fire. Today, we face the very real prospect of a war in which no on wins. Make no mistake, the world is a powderkeg. Are confident in the ability of those who hold the matches?

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~ by Deuce on August 6, 2006.

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