2011.08.15  8月15日という日。

8月15日という日。

昭和20年8月15日、暑い日だった。正午12時、疎開先の家の茶の間に大人たちに混じってぼくも正座していた。中学4年の兄は、この日も軍の工場に学徒動員されていた。
「天皇陛下の重要放送」というので、みな緊張していた。古いラジオから流れてきた甲高い声、難しい用語、異様な雰囲気の「玉音放送」。だが、14歳のぼくには言葉の意味が理解できなかった。いったい、どういうことなのだろう?
 やがて大人たちが泣き始めた。首を垂れ無言で涙をぬぐっている。その姿がいっそう緊張を迫った。負けたのだった。戦争に敗北したのだった。

「ポツダム宣言」受諾を英断したのは天皇だという。が、玉音放送前日の14日夜、クーデターを起こす反乱軍との間に切迫した攻防があったという。反乱軍の若手将校が司令官を射殺。「玉音放送」のレコード盤を奪って、戦争続行を天皇に迫ろうとしていたのだ、と。

戦争は狂気だ。常識も良識も失わせる。大日本帝国という軍事国家は、精神だけで戦争に勝てると狂信した実に愚かな国だった。その犠牲になった死者は310万人という(NHKラジオ)。広島と長崎で被爆後に亡くなった方々は、その中に含まれているのだろうか。負傷者はどれほどになったのだろう。ぼくの縁者では叔父(サイパン島で玉砕)、従兄弟1(中国で戦死)、従兄弟2(中国で病死)。

国家間の戦争に、多分「聖戦」はない。戦争は、「戦(いくさ)」ではない。「経済」が支配している。裏では損得がとぐろを巻き、儲けるグループもいるのだ。愚かな国家指導者と経済の犠牲者が靖国神社に「祭られて」いる。悲しい神社だ。

「死んだ人たちは帰ってこない以上、生き残ったぼくたちは何がわかればいい?」。8月15日は、このことを考える日だと、いつもぼくは思うのです。2011.08.15(A)

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