オバマ大統領:広島の演説(Remarks by President Obama at Hiroshima Peace Memorial)

The World War that reached its brutal end in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was fought among the wealthiest and most powerful of nations. Their civilizations had given the world great cities and magnificent art. Their thinkers had advanced ideas of justice and harmony and truth. And yet, the war grew out of the same base instinct for domination or conquest that had caused conflicts among the simplest tribes; an old pattern amplified by new capabilities and without new constraints. In the span of a few years, some 60 million people would die — men, women, children no different than us, shot, beaten, marched, bombed, jailed, starved, gassed to death.

*brutal adj.残忍な *magnificent adj.素晴らしい、壮大な *thinker n.思想家 *tribe n.部族 *instinct n.本能 *amplify v.拡大する *constraint n.束縛、制約 *march v.(人を)引っ張っていく、連行する、行進する


There are many sites around the world that chronicle this war — memorials that tell stories of courage and heroism; graves and empty camps that echo of unspeakable depravity. Yet in the image of a mushroom cloud that rose into these skies, we are most starkly reminded of humanity’s core contradiction; how the very spark that marks us as a species — our thoughts, our imagination, our language, our tool-making, our ability to set ourselves apart from nature and bend it to our will — those very things also give us the capacity for unmatched destruction.

*chronicle v.年代記に載せる、n.年代記 *heroism n.英雄的行為 *camp n.収容所 *unspeakable adj.言い表わせない *depravity n.悪行 *starkly adv.明確に *contradiction n.矛盾 *unmatched adj.並ぶものが無い*destruction n.破壊




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