On August 6th, 1945, the first use of a nuclear weapon over the Japanese city of Hiroshima killed more than 80,000 people immediately and thousands more over the years died from the effects of the radiation from this weapon.
After 78 years, the bombs detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki remain the only use of nuclear weapons. But, the anniversary, Hiroshima Day, is a good time to reflect on how long that will remain the case and to consider the problems presented by militarism around the world generally.
Can we imagine a world where the use of nuclear weapons is inconceivable? And if not, why? The existence of nuclear weapons is an existential threat to humanity and the larger world. Isn’t it time we worked to eliminate that threat?