Saturday, August 8, 2009

Daniel Ellsburg on Hiroshima Day

Daniel Ellsburg, of Pentagon papers notoriety, writes in "The Nation" about Hiroshima, the bomb and what has happened in the 60-some years since then.

He's on a mission, he says: "To understand the urgency of radical changes in our nuclear policies that may truly move the world toward abolition of nuclear weapons, we need a new understanding of the real history of the nuclear age. I plan over the next year, before the 65th anniversary of Hiroshima, to do my part in unveiling this hidden history."

This would seem to qualify as advocacy journalism (see previous post), but Ellsburg is clearly an important voice on this topic, and his piece is a compelling read.