Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Last Enola Gay Member Dies

Theodore Van Kirk, the last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay has died aged 93.
There has always been so much debate over whether what the US did against Hiroshima was one of humanities greatest atrocities or justified but whatever side of the debate you fall on, 140,000 people died instantly, mostly innocent civilians.
During his lifetime Van Kirk had been asked many times if he regretted what his team did that day and he said: I have never apologised for what we did to Hiroshima and i never will. I was proud to be on the Enola Gay'.
Van Kirk also said that he never lost a night's sleep over the deaths in Hiroshima so he was obviously a product of decades of brainwashing by the US military that the two nuclear weapons used on Japan were justified. 
I would like to think that during his last few moments the image of a hundred thousand incinerated people entered his mind and the realisation that he is directly responsible for probably the greatest number of deaths by a human in so short a time.
I do hope that after a lifetime of showing no regret or remorse, this realisation filled his mind and was his last thought as he slipped away.

7 comments:

Keep Life Simple said...

I hope he died satisfied that killing 140,000 kept another 1,000,000 from being killed by a massive invasion of the Japanese mainland. Where Hito would have sacrificed more than 140,000 civilians to stop the allies

Q

Lucy said...

Always one of the finest bits of propaganda that one. We justify obliterating 140,000 people in the blink of an eye, and then did it again a few days later, because of something that nobody can prove was or wasn't going to happen.

Keep Life Simple said...

The inability to prove it is only matched by the inability to disprove it.

Lucy said...

That's a lot of dead people for an uncertainty whatever way you slice it.

Keep Life Simple said...

Agreed. But there is no way it would have been fewer killed than by using the a bombs.

Q

Lucy said...

Equally i can say there is no way there would have been more killed and be just as right. My way makes it morally bankrupt to use the a-bombs, your way justifies it so stalemate but as Japan were actively seeking an end to the war, it does lean towards we have this bomb and we are going to use it regardless.

Keep Life Simple said...

Nah, if that was true it would not have taken 2. Plus, the Japanese leaders would have negotiated away much or all of their conquered territory, but not a complete overhaul of the nation. The US would accept nothing less than a complete overhaul... No peace treaty.

Q