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US President’s historical visit to Hiroshima




HIROSHIMA: U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that the US would not forget the day of August 6, 1945.

He said this during his address after paying tribute to victims of the world’s first nuclear attack during a historic visit to Hiroshima. The US President also laid the floral wreath at the cenotaph of the victims.

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In his address, Obama said: “71 years ago, death fell from the sky and the world was changed.”

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The bomb “demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself”.

“Why did we come to this place, to Hiroshima? We come to ponder a terrible force unleashed in the not so distant past. We come to mourn the dead,” he said.

“Their souls speak to us, they ask us to look inward, take stock of who we are,” he said.

“This is why we come to this place; we stand here, in the middle of this city and force ourselves to imagine the moment the bomb fell.

“We force ourselves to feel the dread of children confused by what they see. We listen to a silent cry.”

“Technological progress without equivalent progress in human institutions can doom us. The scientific revolution that led to the splitting of the atom requires a moral revolution as well,” said the US President.




 

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.