Hiroshima & Nagasaki
Intentional mass murder
The decision to drop the bomb has been laundered through the American myth-making machine into everything from self-preservation by the Americans to concern for the Japanese themselves-as if incinerating two hundred thousand human beings in a second was somehow an act of moral largesse.
The consensus among scholars is that the bomb was not needed to avoid an invasion of Japan and to end the war within a relatively short time. It is clear that alternatives to the bomb existed and that Truman and his advisors knew it.
The rather stark truth, however, is that with one very "iffy" exception [THE DECISION, pp. 358-65] virtually all the important high-level World War II military leaders who had access to the relevant top secret information are on record as stating that the use of the atomic bomb was not a matter of military necessity. Indeed, many repeatedly, forcefully and consistently stated positions which in today's parlance would be termed strongly "revisionist."
Dropping nuclear bombs on high density civilian areas in order to safe lives? Absolutely insane. Many ignorants around the world still believe in the myth of necessity propagandized by the murderous elite who decided to drop the bombs and kill thousands of innocent civilians in a matter of seconds and many thousands in the aftermath. Expert Doug Long wrote thatThere is no way we can know for certain whether this approach would have ended the Pacific war sooner and with fewer deaths.
Strategic bombing and Soviet invasion
By mid-1945, it was clear the Soviet Union would enter into the war in the Pacific and thereby be in a position to influence the postwar balance of power in the region. U.S. officials recognized there was little chance of preventing this, although they preferred a U.S.-led occupation of Japan rather than a co-occupation as had been arranged for Germany. Some U.S. policymakers hoped that the U.S. monopoly on nuclear technology and the demonstration of its destructive power in Japan might influence the Soviets to make concessions, either in Asia or in Europe. Truman did not threaten Stalin with the bomb, recognizing instead that its existence alone would limit Soviet options and be considered a threat to Soviet security.
When I first started teaching, we just taught that the atomic bomb brought the war to an end. Only recently have we come to appreciate that the last shot of the Second World War was also the opening scene of the Cold War — that the Bomb was a cause as much as a conclusion.
The US decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 was meant to kick-start the Cold War rather than end the Second World War.The United States dropped the bombs on August 6 and 9, 1945, with the consent of the United Kingdom. The Soviet Union officially declared war on Japan on August 8, 1945. The Soviet Union invaded the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo on August 9. The Soviet invasion made Emperor Hirohito plead with his War Council to reconsider surrender. The expectation was that the Soviet army would run over Japan. The timing of the invasion had been planned well in advance and was determined by the timing of the agreements at Tehran in late 1943 and Yalta in February 1945. The bombing of Tokyo on 10 March 1945, which killed more than 100,000 civilians, proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Japanese elite were not impressed or concerned with the killing of the Japanese civilian population on a massive scale. It was labeled the most destructive single air attack in human history. The Japanese air and civil defenses proved largely inadequate. The Japanese army was already weakened severely. That's why general Henry H. Arnold wrote the following in his memoirs...
The surrender of Japan was not entirely the result of the two atomic bombs. We had hit some 60 Japanese cities with our regular H.E. (High Explosive) and incendiary bombs and, as a result of our raids, about 241,000 people had been killed, 313,000 wounded, and about 2,333,000 homes destroyed. Our B-29's had destroyed most of the Japanese industries and, with the laying of mines, which prevented the arrival of incoming cargoes of critical items, had made it impossible for Japan to carry on a large-scale war. ... Accordingly, it always appeared to us that, atomic bomb or no atomic bomb, the Japanese were already on the verge of collapse.
Dwight D. Eisenhower later said about the dropping of the atomic bombs:I was against it on two counts. First, the Japanese were ready to surrender, and it wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing. Second, I hated to see our country be the first to use such a weapon.What caused Japan to surrender was the Soviet invasion combined with the strategic bombings that took place until that time. It makes much more sense to believe that the nuclear bombs were dropped to impress the Soviet Union and the rest of the world as part of the beginning of the Cold War. The United States could never have allowed the Soviets to defeat Japan alone as that would weaken its negotiating position. This is of course common sense which is confirmed by Eisenhower, General of the Army during WW2, in his words to Harry S. Truman:I told him that since reports indicated the imminence of Japan's collapse, I deprecated the Red army's engaging in that war. I foresaw certain difficulties arising out of such participation and suggested that, at the very least, we ought not to put ourselves in the position of requesting or begging for Soviet aid.andIt was my personal opinion that no power on earth could keep the Red Army out of that war unless victory came before they could get in.So before the atomic bombs were dropped and the Soviet invasion began there was already much strategic bombing of Japan taking place...
In the summer of 1945, the U.S. Army Air Force carried out one of the most intense campaigns of city destruction in the history of the world. Sixty-eight cities in Japan were attacked and all of them were either partially or completely destroyed. An estimated 1.7 million people were made homeless, 300,000 were killed, and 750,000 were wounded.
Precise figures are not available, but the strategic bombing campaign against Japan, directed by LeMay between March 1945 and the Japanese surrender in August 1945, may have killed more than 500,000 Japanese civilians and left five million homeless. Official estimates from the United States Strategic Bombing Survey put the figures at 220,000 people killed. Some 40% of the built-up areas of 66 cities were destroyed, including much of Japan's war industry
Later Curtis LeMay, in command of strategic bombing operations against Japan, said about the nuclear bombs:I thought it was anticlimactic in that the verdict was already rendered.His successor, Nathan F. Twining, said:I am convinced that the surrender would have occurred within a short time period even if the atomic bomb had never been used.So that's pretty clear.
First-degree mass murder
The atomic bombs killed several hundred thousand people, many instantly in the nuclear fire, many later with burns, injuries and radiation sickness, and still many others, over the years, with cancers and birth defects. These deaths continue to this day. Like most of the cities bombed in World War II, the majority of the inhabitants were women, children and the elderly.
The U.S. government had extensive foreknowledge about the devastating effects of nuclear bombs due to their tests during the Manhattan Project from 1942 to 1946 and for example the Trinity test on July 16, 1945. J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, recalled the Trinity detonation with the wordsNow I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.The responsible elite intentionally killed as many civilians as possible just as they did with the bombing of German cities during World War II. Dropping the bombs was an act of pure barbarism lacking any sense of morality, no matter how one looks at it. It is first-degree mass murder of a low level never seen before which easily makes the 9/11 attacks look like a firecracker. Albert Camus stated:We can sum it up in one sentence: Our technical civilization has just reached its greatest level of savagery. We will have to choose, in the more or less near future, between collective suicide and the intelligent use of our scientific conquests.The official order to drop the bombs states thatAdditional bombs will be delivered on the above targets as soon as made ready. No mention is made to target military installations specifically. It was obviously meant to cause as many civilian deaths as possible, just like the bombing campaigns against German cities during World War II, in order to demoralize the population. Later General Carl Spaatz, to whom the order was directed, admitted that he had no difficulty ordering the dropping of the atomic bomb.
On 19 May 1965 Carl Spaatz said the following...
That was purely a political decision, not a military decision. The military man carries out the orders of his political bosses. So that doesn’t bother me at all . . . We didn’t hear any complaints from the American people about mass bombing of Japan; as a matter of fact, I think they felt the more we did the better. That was our feeling toward the Japanese at that time.
The purpose of anti-Japanese propaganda wasto embody the entire Japanese nation as a ruthless and animalistic enemy that needed to be defeated. Americans never really suffered aggressive wars on American soil like the ones they support abroad. Professor Michael John Yavenditti wrote thatAmericans reached near agreement on one point: they approved the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.In 2016 the US president visited Hiroshima...
Barack Obama said on Sunday his visit to Hiroshima, the first city to suffer an atomic bombing, would emphasize friendly ties between former enemies. But the US president reiterated he would not apologize for the devastating attack. ... “It’s important to recognize that in the midst of war, leaders make all kinds of decisions, it’s a job of historians to ask questions and examine them,” Obama said.
In 2009 US president Barack Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize, because according to the idiots in NorwayIt was because we would like to support what he is trying to achieve, but in 2016 he was not able to say "sorry" for the intentional mass murder of thousands of innocent civilians.
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