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Home » November 2007 » What Tibbets and his Friends Have Sown

What Tibbets and his Friends Have Sown

Wednesday, November 7, 2007 Posted: 10:39 AM JST

Pierre Tristam's article about Tibbets, the pilot who dropped the bomb on Hiroshima certainly touched a string. Tibbets could somehow be excused — although he is not in my book — for needing a strategy to remain sane after his horrific exploit, but many others are not. I recently ran into an instance of ignorance about the horrors of the nuclear bomb that was small but illustrative:

I found an illustration of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima on eBay with the following title: "40s PHOTO! JAPAN ATOMIC BOMB BLAST PAINTING! KABLOOEY!"

It really upset me, so I sent a polite request to remove the word "KABLOOEY! This is the message that I sent:

Hi,

This bomb killed over 140,000 people, many others are still suffering today. Using the word "KABLOOEY!" is not particularly appropriate for such a terrible human tragedy.

In respect to the victims and their families, and in consideration of the horror that this terrible weapon inflicts, I sincerely hope that you will remove the word "KABLOOEY!" from your listing.

If you have the chance, I recommend watching the movie "Black Rain": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097694/

Warmest regards,
Kjeld Duits
Japan Correspondent


"KABLOOEY!" was removed. Once again, many thanks. But it was followed up with a very inelegant response:

Yes, I have removed it.
Thanks for your concern.
And in case you want to bid on the photo, dont.
I've blocked you from all my auctions.
Now get back to work preaching and recommending films to strangers you know nothing about.
I recommend Dr. Stranglove to you.
"Gentlemen, there's no fighting in the War Room!"


I just don't understand people like this. After all, it cost no extra effort to be considerate. It saddens me.

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