Last Thursday marked the 70th Anniversary of a history making event that forever shaped the future of our entire world.
On August 6, 1945, the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. This act effectively marked the ending point for World War II – as German forces had surrendered to the Western allies some three and one-half months earlier. So, in the short days to follow, World War II was finally over after a horrifying six years (almost to the day).
This particular date (August 6th) also holds a special and very personal place in both the heads and hearts of my family – as it is my mother’s birthday. Pardon the analogy and certainly not to compare the two, but the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and the effective ending of World War II has always been an easy date for me to remember as again, it falls on my mother’s birthday.
Seventy years ago. Wow! Time is passing so quickly! Gosh, how that event forever changed the world and my, how much things have changed in our entire world since that time. No, I was not alive then. So, all of my knowledge regarding this historic event relies solely upon what I have seen, heard and learned from both news accounts and family/friends.
On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber (The Enola Gay) dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan and three days later, another B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Together, the two bombs killed 120,000 people and completely devastated/demolished both Japanese cities. This brought the war to a close just six days after the dropping of the second bomb. Japan had agreed to fight until the bitter end and the bombs were an ultimate statement of finality from the United States bringing about a certain end to the war. For sure, President Harry Truman had a horrifically tough decision to make in deciding to drop the two atomic bombs.
Truly, these were both horrible times and horrible events. After America displayed its nuclear power and might, the surrender from Japan came quickly. Clearly, this was the full implementation of the nuclear age – the dawn of which began in 1939 with a group of American scientists involved in the Manhattan Project. The Manhattan Project also had the support of both the United Kingdom and Canada.
During the 70 years that have now passed since the two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan, many wars and conflicts have taken place around the world. And, it seems as if it will always be this way – just as the Holy Bible predicts. However and most thankfully, no World Wars have been fought during this time. Most certainly, America’s strong military has kept us all safe and secure. And, I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that we must maintain a strong military at all times!
Recent reports state that our military forces (as a whole) have now been reduced to the same approximate size that they were in 1940. Really?? This is nothing but amazingly alarming and extremely scary! Attempts to weaken our military just make us very vulnerable and much less safe as compared to a strong and mighty military such as that which we saw in the 1980’s under then President Ronald Reagan.
Historically, America’s power on the world stage is due to both our economic strength and our military strength. However, while both of these are very important in our global position of strength, I have always been of the opinion that America’s power and greatness comes from God and our military strength…and in that exact order. Everything else (economic and otherwise) stems from these two foundations!
Today, military and political unrest still persists in many parts of the world. In our dominant role as the world’s peacekeeper, America has been involved in many conflicts since the last World War. Also, there is now talk from Russia concerning their interest in the possible renewal of the Cold War. And furthermore, we are witnessing seemingly constant impending threats to the entire world from Iran. Again, our American military forces must remain strong and steady! This is the only way to adequately deter our enemies.
When we hear the beautiful and most reassuring sound of the B-52’s from our beloved Barksdale Air Force Base flying overhead…. and when we see them adorning the sky (as we so often do), I think freedom…I think strength, I think safety!!