When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression of a human being at ease: legs splayed, back bent, one hand by her side as she sat waiting for a bank to open. More
The first half of this piece is some of the most lucid reportage I have heard. They comprise vignettes from this journalist’s visits to a handful of “ground zeros” including Hiroshima in the 1960s, as well as the Marshall Islands in 2015. John Pilger wisely centers the danger of supposedly “peaceful” nuclear tests, and links them with the far more well known attacks in Japan.
Then in the second half of this essay, Pilger highlights the Trump Administrations making everything much worse. Personally, the first part of this story is more important I think. The whole world knows of Trumps incompetence, as well as his greed and dictatorial flourishes. But what even the Obama Administration worked at odds with often was a conception of the immense danger of even retaining a nuclear status-quo.