Monday, December 15, 2003

The War: Enola Gay Protesters Disrupt Museum Event

Some anti-nuclear protestors still fighting the 2nd World War.

A small group of protesters briefly disrupted the official opening of the National Air and Space Museum's new annex at Dulles International Airport Monday, spilling a red liquid supposed to resemble blood near the Enola Gay exhibit and throwing an object that dented the airplane.

Two men were arrested after security broke up the demonstration. Thomas K. Siemer, 73, of Columbus, Ohio, was charged with felony destruction of property and loitering, while Gregory Wright of Hagerstown, Md., faced a misdemeanor loitering charge.

Several elderly atomic bomb survivors from Japan also expressed dismay that information on the effects of the bomb dropped by the Enola Gay on Hiroshima Aug. 6, 1945, was not included in the exhibit.

"If they want to show these planes, that's fine but we can't help but also demand that they show the damage and the stories that take place behind these weapons," said Terumi Tanaka, 71, a survivor of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack which occurred three days after Hiroshima. [AP]
Rather than display the Enola Gay in Northern Virginia, I hold that the aircraft should be displayed as part of the USS Arizona memorial. Along with the USS Missouri, the Enola Gay would show the Alpha and Omega of the Pacific Theater with an undeniable poignancy—and as an irrefutable argument.

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