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I took this photo 8 years ago, but when I saw it developed I thought the effect of the red filter made it too dramatic and therefore kind of cheesey and I never paid much attention to it again. But today being the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and the saddening state of world politics, I thought this photo was quite appropiate. With the European Union and the US on Iran's back to permanently drop their nuclear program, the 6 party talks with North Korea to drop it's program seemingly going nowhere, the US's recent acknowlegement of India as a nuclear player, the Bush administration's recent plan to design and build a new generation of nuclear weapons and a statement by a senior Chinese official that it would use nuclear weapons to counter attack US nuclear strategy, the over dramatic effect of this slide pales in comparison (and I haven't even mentioned Iraq or Afganistan). One could be tempted to wonder why we bother to record history at all, when the short-sightedness of politicians is so glaringly counterproductive. Perhaps a famous symbol of devastation (come world peace), bathed in a blood red sky is not that cheesey at all. Afterall we are living in the times of "the axis of evil" and the cheese seems to reign supreme!

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