HIROSHIMA -- It's simply impossible. You stand at the site of humankind's first use of nuclear weapons, and you can't come up with any way to understand it.
What scale is there for the human mind to comprehend so many dying people, suffering with wounds from the atomic blast and crying out for water?
The answer, I thought to myself outside Hiroshima's A-bomb dome, is that there isn't one.
The dome, one of the few remaining buildings after the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing of the city, makes it all too incomprehensible. Where is the sense in this? What does such horror achieve?
After a few minutes with the dome, I had to ask my translator to leave me be. Almost falling into a bench, I let my eyes fill with tears. This is impossible. This is without any sense.
And yet, as there seems to be always somehow, there is something of redemption.