September 10, 2005
To: The September 11th Families for the Peaceful Tomorrows
From: Hiroshima Alliance for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (HANWA)
As the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 tragic event approaches, we would like
to extend our heartfelt sympathy to you and your loved ones, although we
are aware that no words can sufficiently convey our true feelings. We, the
hibakusha and the citizens of Hiroshima, the original Ground Zero, share
with you the philosophy of non-violence and non-revenge, which you have
cultivated among you and with which you have given comfort and courage to
so many suffering people around the world.
The principle to which you adhere is not easy to maintain. However, we
stand by you in that effort and promise that we will not only remain
committed to that principle ourselves, but we will also make every effort
to promulgate it through this world full of wars, terrorism, the abuse of
human rights, and myriad other forms of violence. The run-away tragedies
in Afghanistan and Iraq eloquently illustrate that violence begets nothing
but more violence.
In August, Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemorated the 60th anniversary of the
atomic bombings. In collaboration with the citizens of Nagasaki, HANWA
campaigned to have an opinion advertisement printed in The New York Times
on April 29th, timed to coincide with the Review Conference of the
Non-Proliferation Treaty of Nuclear Weapons at the UN. The message of that
ad corresponds precisely to your philosophy of non-violence and
non-revenge, namely, “No More Hiroshima! No More Nagasaki!”
The abolition of nuclear weapons is not simply the wish of Hiroshima and
Nagasaki. It is the wish of the majority of people on earth. Nuclear
weapons are the pinnacle of violence. They are the culmination of the
spiral of violence. Thus, the vicious circles of violence and revenge must
be interrupted if humanity aspires to live in peace and harmony. At
present, the world appears to be drifting in exactly the opposite direction.
Dear friends, please rest assured that we are in loving solidarity with
you. We are convinced that the majority of the people desire the peaceful
tomorrows that you have so courageously embodied in your unremitting,
tenacious championing of the principle of non-violence and non-revenge. You
have generously offered the world its only hope of lasting peace and
prosperity. We thank you, indeed, for your enduring contribution, and we
are thinking of you at this time.
Hiroshima Alliance for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (HANWA)
Presidents: Mr. Goro Kawai, Ms. Haruko Moritaki, Mr. Mitsuo Okamoto, Ph.D.