Brigadier General Paul Tibbets, the pilot who dropped “Little Boy” (the first atomic bomb ever used in a war) at Hiroshima Japan on 6th August 1945 and killed 140,000 civilians, has died last Thursday (1st November 2007) at the age of 92. In a recent interview he said he had no regrets over the people were killed or injured on that day and made a point of saying he slept easily at night.
(‘Enola Gay’ was the plane that carried ‘Little Boy’. It was named after Enola Gay Tibbets, the mother of Paul Tibbets)
I have done some research on him today and found out that most of the Americans consider him as a hero and are actually proud of him. One patriot even declares in a forum thread that a single American life is worth more than the entire population of Japan and by murdering thousands of innocent children and their mothers in Hiroshima, this guy saved many US soldiers’ lives and took the revenge on Japan for killing 3,000 American soldiers in Pearl Harbor.
I don’t know what to say, ‘General’. I know you were just doing your duty and you didn’t make the call, many others were involved. But I still feel disgraceful for what you did. I wish I could salute you and praise you for murdering 140,000 of my kind.
“I made one great mistake in my life — when I signed a letter to President [Franklin D. Roosevelt] recommending that an atomic bomb be made” – Albert Einstein. [Rabindranath Tagore also signed that letter]
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