The Necessity of Hiroshima: why we must believe
in The Year of Decisions, our savior Harry asked
"a committee of top men"
Men all carved from the same superior
Aspen, carefully lathed of their
"to study with great care"
care. Eviscerated as children, smiling
beneath strange fruit. They died for
"the implications the new"
the new; our idolatrous messiah. Our
silicon steel colossus will consume
"weapon might have for us"
us, our civilization. As surely as
Saturn Devouring His Son.
the scientific advisers of the committee reports:
"We can propose no technical demonstration likely to bring an end to the war;
we see no acceptable alternative to
direct military use."
And so, 65 years ago today, an orange cloud blossomed above a city full of them for our salvation.
And in the end, today, we must believe
in the bomb
in its righteousness, its compassion, its justice.
Because the thread of the necessary Hiroshima
is woven through the cloth of Iraq, Afghanistan and Deepwater Horizon
to pull that sacred strand is to unravel the torturous tapestry of our exceptionalism;
to send 200,000 burned, irradiated bodies crashing through the streets of
our city upon a hill
Source for Truman quotes: Deaton, Paul, "Hiroshima Day 2010 in Iowa" accessed at http://www.blogforiowa.com/blog/_archives/2010/8/6/4596871.html