Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Hiroshima and the Division of Korea

Over the next week or so, expect to find links to articles exposing the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki for the crimes that they were.

John V. Denson offers us a thourough debunking of The Hiroshima Myth, i.e. "that the dropping of the two atomic bombs on Japan in August of 1945 caused them to surrender, and thereby saved the lives of anywhere from five hundred thousand to one million American soldiers."
    The stark fact is that the Japanese leaders, both military and civilian, including the Emperor, were willing to surrender in May of 1945 if the Emperor could remain in place and not be subjected to a war crimes trial after the war. This fact became known to President Truman as early as May of 1945... After the bombs were dropped on August 6 and 9 of 1945, and their surrender soon thereafter, the Japanese were allowed to keep their Emperor on the throne and he was not subjected to any war crimes trial.
That is, the Japanese were willing to surrender for the same terms they eventually got three months before the bombs were dropped. The war raged on under the pretext that the Americans would except nothing less that unconditional surrender.

Of course, the hundreds of thousands of Japanese, mostly women and children, who were incinerated or subject to slow, agonizing deaths by radiation sickness and cancer were offered up as a message to Stalin, and as a guinea pigs to confirm what the new weapon would do to urban centers and the human body.

All things being equal, had the Japanese been allowed to surrender to the Americans in May, the Soviets would not have been able to declare war as they did a few days before the fighting ceased, Korea would have never been divided, and thus there would have been no Korean War.

I've met fellow Americans here who argue that it was Hiroshima and Nagasaki that brought about Korea's liberation. History, it turns out, may be far more complex than that facile explanation.
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