Hiroshima in December

Every year during the first week of August the world's attention turns toward Hiroshima and then, three days later, Nagasaki, as we remember the atomic bombings that killed tens of thousands of Japanese civilians in a single moment with countless more radiation deaths in the years after.

Peace advocates, politicians, Nobel Prize laureates (though never a U.S. president) gather in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to bow their heads in solemn observance of the horrors of entire cities being annihilated by a single bomb.

But who talks about Hiroshima in December?

This is the holiday season — a time for family gatherings, holiday cheer and goodwill toward mankind. This is the season of peace — that perennial and elusive thing we talk about so much yet have so little.

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