New Zealand: Prayers to prevent another Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Kevin McBride, Pax Christi Aotearoa, New Zealand, Hiroshima, Te Waha Nui
by Rasmus Walther Jensen, Te Waha Nui
Bombings similar to Hiroshima and Nagasaki could happen today, says national co-ordinator of the peace movement Pax Christi Aotearoa, Kevin McBride.
He was in charge of a commemoration on Tuesday, marking the 71st anniversary of the US-led atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, which caused the death of more than 180,000 people.
“If we are already condoning the kind of bombing of places like Gaza, Libya, Iraq and so on, where civilians have been bombed, then it is not a huge step to get us to condone the use of nuclear weapons,” Mr McBride said.
“If you put someone like Donald Trump in charge of that sort of weaponry, then a similar thing could come about.”
Four people gathered in a circle at The Peace Place in Auckland CDB to remember the victims, pray for peace and share a moment of silence and reflection.
One of them was Aucklander Paul Robertson, a member of Pax Christi, who lived in Japan from 1991 to 1994 and went to both Hiroshima and Nagasaki...