Thus spake Ike, quoted here in CounterPuncherer Gar Alperovitz's reminder that "increasing numbers of historians now recognize the United States did not need to use the atomic bomb to end the war against Japan in 1945," that "this essential judgment was expressed by the vast majority of top American military leaders in all three services in the years after the war ended," and that "leading conservatives were far more outspoken in challenging the decision as unjustified and immoral than American liberals in the years following World War II" — The Decision to Bomb Hiroshima.
David Swanson of War Is A Crime.org writes, "When Truman lied to America that Hiroshima was a military base rather than a city full of civilians, people no doubt wanted to believe him" — Truman Lied, Hundreds of Thousands Died. "Who would want the shame of belonging to the nation that commits a whole new kind of atrocity?"
"Truman indeed knew Japan’s surrender was imminent, according to now declassified records," writes Common Dreams' Mark T. Harris, suggesting that "if nuclear weapons were unnecessary to end the war, they did send a forceful global message about which country would dominate the post-war era," meaning "the dead and victimized of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not only the last casualties of World War II, but also the first casualties of the Cold War" — Planet Hiroshima 2011.
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