Monday, August 8, 2011

"It Wasn't Necessary to Hit Them With That Awful Thing"

  • 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 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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    Blogger Daniel said...

    I commend you for saying these things, things that have to be said.

    8:16 AM  
    Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

    What should have happened was this. Tell the Japanese about the bomb with an ultimatum. Surrender or we use this. That, as I understand it, was done, and the Japanese refused to surrender. The second step should have been to pick a spot somewhere in the Pacific, and arrange for Japanese observers to arrive (on a ship from a neutral power). Then nuke the spot (with the Japanese observers safely out of range). Let the observers go home and say what they saw. Then reissue the ultimatium. If the bomb was to be used, that's what should have happened first. Let them know what they were facing before unleashing it.

    10:53 AM  

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