Tuesday, September 02, 2008


Today is Tuesday, 2 September 2008.

On this date in 1945, on an American battleship in Tokyo Harbour, the “Japanese Instrument of Surrender” was signed, thus concluding the ill-named “World War 2”: more accurately, the concurrent “Second European Great War” and the “Great Pacific War”.

Most scholars agree, and such an estimation can never be accurate (for who really keeps score?), that some 60 to 70 million human beings were exterminated. One should add some 30 to 60 million dying early or with diminished lives as cause and effect.

Some claim that one can imagine the death of one, but not a million.

Try this count: “My mother, my father, my sister, and me”. Repeat as many times as necessary to achieve some 120 million.

If people used their imaginations, perhaps there would be less exterminating.


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