The Lighter Side

blaze of glory

He was old, the wrinkles on his face wrote stories of where he had been, and what the wrinkles didn’t say he spoke. He spoke of the wright brothers and the aviation history and talked about the second world war and of the great times. He was the guide at the Pima Air and Space Museum. As he walked across the bomber that actually dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I was amazed with the relentless pride with which he owned the fact that they killed a 100,000 Japanese civilians in two days. He further went on to tell us about the fire bombs which were supposedly the grand daddies of today’s cluster bombs that killed six times more Japanese civilians, again, his eyes lit with pride. The rest of the people in the group agreed, on how wonderful it was for them to be able to do that to a nation. Only when you see misconceptions like that do you realize that there is something wrong here, there is a blaze here alright, only I fail to see the glory that they seem to be so proud of…


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