The Hiroshima Peace Memorial was built around the ruins of this building, the Genbaku Dome, which remained mostly intact despite the fact that the bomb was detonated almost directly above the building.
From the one of the victims, known as a Hiroshima Maiden, who was seriously disfigured as a result of the bomb:
Nuclear weapons do not make the world a safer place as one day it will be all too easy for a power-hungry leader to push the button that will lead us down the road to human annihilation. According to Ploughshares Fund, there are approximately 20,000 nuclear warheads worldwide, with around 9,000 in the United States, significantly more than any other nation except Russia. As Father John Dear, S.J. commented in a speech, when we were looking for weapons of mass destruction, we should have looked in our own backyard.
In 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. bravely spoke out against the war in Vietnam. His position was not a popular one but, as time has revealed, the right one. It is time for concerned human beings to speak out against the continued existence of nuclear weapons. For inspiration, here is a YouTube video of excerpts of Dr. King's speech:
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