Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and 911: Terrorism by Volume and Rank?
Hasan Yahya, Former professor of comparative sociology
This week commemorates the 67th anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The action was conducted by the United States during the final stages of WWII in 1945. The action was the only use of nuclear weapon in modern times. Hiroshima was hit on August 6, and Nagasaki three days later on the 9th.
Considering the volume of causalities killed in Hiroshima was 90,000–166,000 people and in Nagasaki was 60,000–80,000. Almost half of the minimum numbers (80,000) were killed in the first day.
On September 11 attacks resulted in 2998 immediate deaths, including the 19 hijackers and 2,977 victims. (The percentage of the second to the first action of terror is : 1.218%.
The first action (Japan) compared to the second (911) is 82.055 folds.
The first act of terror was committed by the United States of America, an officially organized and recognized civilized state.
The second was committed by Al-Qaeda. A non-governmental, unofficial, ambiguous agency.
Humans control and mastered the first, similar to those humans who control the second.
If we agree on the definition of “Terrorism” as killing innocent people. Then both are qualified for the list. Following ranking system (within our minds other acts of terror worldwide between the two occasions) will be clear enough to know who was the first on the ranking ladder.
God Bliss all those victims of terror actions, committed officially or unofficially. Still, it is our fault as humans to accept one type of terror and reject another. Both were terrorist acts, no matter how much we justify our purposes. In my opinion, no justification is accepted when it comes to terror, we all are responsible of the ego inside on micro or macro level. Period.