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in memory of sadako sasaki
(read about her life: [link])



US president harry truman (1945):

"If they do not now accept our terms, they may expect a rain of ruin from the air the likes of which has never been seen on this earth."

"We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world. It may be the fire destruction prophesied in the Euphrates Valley Era, after Noah and his fabulous Ark.”

"It is an atomic bomb. It is the greatest thing in history."

"The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. We won the race of discovery against the Germans. We have used it in order to shorten the agony of war. In order to save the lives of thousands and thousands of young Americans. We shall continue to use it until we completely destroy Japan's power to make war. "

"I never gave anybody hell. I just told the truth and they think it's hell."


"Mr. President, I have blood on my hands."
Truman's reply: "It'll come out in the wash."
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Riinkanei Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Woah... That's amazing! *.*
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BelindaCarlisleFan Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Sadako Yamamura is cooler :D
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falk2021 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
oh, you know her personally?
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xxsayaxxpoison Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
reallly pretty :D
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EVAVESTER Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
Beautyful!!!:heart:
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johnaarr Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011   Writer
Beautiful. I noticed that the political debate came to your comments page, but I am proud to know that even while many human beings spend their time justifying themselves, others can learn from their mistakes and help us to attain greater compassion and knowledge as a human family. Art like this and the truth is speaks can prevent the horror of war, NOT more bombs. Thank you.
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falk2021 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
you seem to have a very positive and confident mind.
thats nice.
thank you.
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Abashi76 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
political debate yes, for those type of family values and religious values that support those types of unique cultures dresses, she seems Asian, but could be a white girl
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Abashi76 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
by the way, Truman sounds completely brainwashed
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Citeron Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
That's crazy awesome, and it has a good meaning behind it.
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LaurenGreiner Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
I remember reading about her as a child in the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. I think it was the first book that made me cry. This is such a beautiful reflection of the melancholy fate she met, and also the hope of her character.
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KitakLaw Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Great job on this - I remember reading about her when I was a kid. That's how I actually first heard about the atomic bombings, but I remember that her story, while tragic, was also very beautiful and it still sticks with me.
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ashimbabbar Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Without the atom bomb Japan would never have surrendered on its own. It would have meant the US Army landing in the south and the Red Army landing in the north, with both what was left of the japanese army and the japanese population fighting them: with unbelievably more deaths and destruction than those two bombs caused.
Also, Sadako's fate is very pathetic, but it would be an idea to think of the tens of thousands ( at least ) Chinese children the japanese killed, too.
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falk2021 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
interesting.
so you think the drop of the two bombs was a good thing?
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ashimbabbar Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
insofar as it ended the war with far less killing than would have been necessary otherwise, it certainly was the less evil choice. Is it enough to call it "good" ? Perhaps.
It is something that had to be done, and I think it is in that light we should see president Truman's words.
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falk2021 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
i respect your opinion, but i cant say that i think or feel the same.
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ashimbabbar Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
I'm not sure I understand your opinion. Do you then think the americans should have kept bombing Japan with classical bombs, like they did in Tokyo for instance, where they killed more people than in Hiroshima ?
Or what ?
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falk2021 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
actually i think the message of this picture is pretty simple.

but let me ask you a question: lets say you have a sister who you really love. and lets say there is a war in your country. and then one day a guy comes to you and gives you a syringe with a poison that will make a human die in a long and painful way. and the guy asks you: "inject this in your sister and the war will end!"
would you do it?
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ashimbabbar Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Not a bad question.
Not one I could easily answer since I have no siblings and, being the kind of person I am, they probably would hate me as much as I would hate them ( well maybe hate is too strong… dislike let us say… )

Not a question that would be likely to come up in the actual world, is it ? You don't have angels coming and hand you syringes and promise you the war will be ended, in the actual world.
Hiroshima happened in the actual world.
If you are interested in the reasons of Truman's decision since he was the one who decided to use the Bomb or not, I believe they went like this
- sparing the lives of American soldiers ( and thus getting a a good image that would be helpful for the elections )
- preventing Russians from setting foot into Japan
- having a Japan that could be rebuilt as it might be useful in the future; as it was since the Communists won in China… this and the precedent team beautifully
- showing the world the USA had the Bomb and were not to be messed with and would use it to defend Justice and so forth blah blah blah.

In the actual world, decisions are taken by persons who have power for practical reasons… well, for reasons that they think are practical anyway.

Some have said that it was easy for the Americans to use the Bomb on Japan because they thought the Japanese were subhuman creatures; that they would not have used it on Germany.
I don't know; it may have been.
If so, it is an example of 'what goes round comes round' as the Japanese had butchered their way through China ( in the Philippines too ) making between 3 to 20 million civilian victims, in the serene belief THEY were the master race out to rule Asia and that other nations were hardly above animals.
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falk2021 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
yea, my question was more an allegory for what i mean.
i think it does no matter how or in which way people are cruel. its all the same, its born out of the same idea. so i think its questionable to say that it was ībetterī to drop the bombs because of some numbers, numbers of less people would maybe have died. to every single life that fades away are thoughts and emotions connected, i guess you know. so for me it is in the end the same if one person dies through humans cruelty or millions. its born out of the same idea. i cant find anything that was good about dropping the bombs. its the opposite, the deeper i think about it, the more i find things about it which make me feel bad to be a human being. cuz this cruelty is in all of us.
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Pe-a-ch Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
I just loved how you put those quotes in order to show us the purpose of the painting, it ended up really moving for me.
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lilykat14 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
A beautiful piece of art. Thank you for sharing it
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Neizen Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
oh, well then..
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towarlock Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
so sweet
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julipegas Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
Very beautiful piece, both in technique and meaning... Congrats. :)
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Carles Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
I just discovered your work today. It is astounding, and it is hard to choose on which to comment. I went for little Sadako, because I have always been moved by her story.
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ofsilkandloneliness Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
This is beautiful and touching. Congratulations. Poor Sadako...
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nyunyu-chan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;__; why doesn't this have a DD yet?!
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ElaclairesSkies Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
Reading her story moved me greatly, and for you to create such a gorgeous, such a powerful image of her- leaves me speechless. Thank you for such phenomenal work Falk2021 :) you are a muse to many
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falk2021 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
aw thank you... ;_;
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ElaclairesSkies Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
You're welcome : ]
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nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
f e a t u r e d

[link]
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mitchellnelson Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
thats so beautiful and the story is so sad. very emotional!
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RalphNiese Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
na auf so ein bisschen history reveal trip bin ich auch grad ;) [link]
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falk2021 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
oh cool, danke für den link! find ich spannend.
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Hearts-Passion Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
absolutely beautiful, causes the heart to fill with such overwhelming emotion
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Cappocat Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
I love this picture. And it's such a sad story.
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MetsukiNiiro Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
whooo Exelent :D
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Aurrora Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
I remember reading Sadako wants to live in elementary school, it made me bawl like a baby and I still remember the story. This is beautiful, with all the important symbols present in a non clashing way. Really beautiful.
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falk2021 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
i have bought the book lately and dont dare to read it because it seems to be so sad...
thank you! ^.^
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Opaul11 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
enchating, she's soo cute and sad.
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bunnybitchtits Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The first time I read her story was in third grade. It made me cry in class. :(
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Istebrak Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
The biggest guns belong to the biggest cowards. Truman and all who supported him then, and today, have still yet to pay retribution. Only God can tell how long the U.S. will think it can be the only country with guns.

It isnt an easy picture to look at, you did your job.
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QuantumSpectre Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011   General Artist
So if someone that hasn't been provoked, just walks into your house and punches you in the face, what are you going to do?

Wouldn't you hit them back even harder?
+ they came into your house
+ such aggression was unprovoked
+ they hit you... in the FACE

Japan, without warning, declared war on the U.S.; it wasn't the other way around.

In the respect of a country, what type of president would Truman have been if he had said, "oh, lets just let it slide this time. we'll get 'em when they send their ground troops." Those were people's mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters that died that day at the base. That attack made a statement of what they thought of the U.S.

I'm not saying war or bombs are good things, but I am saying Japan received what Japan deserved for attacking and disrespecting someone in their own house. Japan's hands were not clean at the time, they had been doing the same to many other countries well before attacking the US.

Given these circumstances and the fact that Japan had been literally massacring hundreds of thousands in other countries, how is fighting back considered cowardice? To me it seems quite the opposite.
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Istebrak Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
ur talking about countries massacring eachother? Okay then my friend. Let government massacre government.

But let me ask U something: after what u just said, cant u say the us deserved everything it got to, for things its done, it was doing, and is doing today?

By all mans' Gods, fuck ya.
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QuantumSpectre Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011   General Artist
First of all, it seems that you missed the entire point of me mentioning the facts of the matter. Almost every country and nation at some point during it's existence fought or has done things that could be considered negative, some countries still to this day. I'm not saying I like the fact; however, the truth is that civilizations are built upon dead bodies. I'm not going to try to give a complete historic recount of Japan or the US up until that point, that's what books are for. Every country has its own injustices.

The point of my reply was to ask, why is retaliating against a country who attacked you first considered cowardice in your eyes? America did not receive a written notice that Japan was declaring war until the day following the attack. Why is Truman's response received so negatively in your eyes when bloodshed begets bloodshed?

Secondly, in response to "By all man's Gods, fuck ya.", it seems as though you have built up aggression somewhere. I'm not sure why you are so upset when I'm just speaking from historical events. When I was in school, we learned to disagree and state are opinions without disrespecting one another.
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Istebrak Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
dude im not comment arguing with u i said what i said like 5 months ago now get over it.
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QuantumSpectre Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011   General Artist
Dude, get over yourself. You inferred that an entire country was cowardice, and didn't expect a reply. I just saw the comment yesterday.

Although I wasn't aware of the post-date when I replied, I am aware that we as people sometimes change our ideas or ways of thinking over time. Perhaps you have the same views you had at the time, or maybe you hold a different set views now; I don't know.

Nonetheless, I was just curious as to why you saw it that way, and I hoped by explaining my views, even if you still disagreed, you could at least understand.
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Istebrak Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
" You inferred that an entire country was cowardice, and didn't expect a reply. " you just said the entire country of japan deserved it.


lololol
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QuantumSpectre Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011   General Artist
I don't get the point you were trying to make by quoting me. Yes, I said that.
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