Atom bomb stamp sends the wrong message

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 December, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 December, 1994, 12:00am

I FELT disgust when I read of the plans of the US Government to issue a commemorative stamp with a picture of a mushroom cloud (article headlined, 'A-bomb survivors angered by stamp', South China Morning Post, December 2, and, 'Postal plan evokes painful past' Post, December 3).

Not only is it an arrogant concept, but the caption at the bottom of the stamp, 'Atomic bombs hasten war's end, August 1945', is totally misleading.

There can be no reason, no excuse and no justification for the use of the atomic bomb.

This stamp will only encourage people to think that the use of the atomic bombs in August, 1945, was correct and could be justified in the future.

I am also concerned with the initial reaction of the Japanese Government towards the stamp. Even though Japan lost the war and is in turmoil over the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), as the only country to experience destruction as a result of nuclear weapons, it has a duty to ensure that this tragedy is never repeated.

The Japanese Government's complaint should have been much stronger than it was.

There are millions of people who do not recognise the extent of the devastation caused by the atomic bombs.

I am sure many war veterans never realised the catastrophic effects of the bombs on their victims.

I am Japanese, but I was brought up in the US, so I consider myself to belong to both countries.

Therefore, I feel I am able to look at this matter without bias.

I strongly disapprove of the plan to produce and sell this stamp.

RYU IWASE Taikoo Shing