Two-piece swimsuits and the trivialization of nuclear terror

On August 6, 1945, the U.S. Air Force dropped a single atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The bomb had the explosive power of some 15,000 tons of TNT. It ignited a fire- and wind-storm that destroyed everything in the city except a few unusually sturdy structures and released plumes of radiation that lodged in the earth and water, lingering there for many years.

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Helena Cobban

Veteran analyst of global affairs, with some focus on the Middle East. Senior Fellow, Ctr for International Policy. Fuller bio at my Wikipedia page.