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06 August 2008

America's Atomic Attack at Hiroshima and Nagasaki : The Terrible Truth

So you've seen the pictures. And, for years you've swallowed US lies.

Well, we've got news for you.

This is the terrible truth - and it hurts - at least, it should do.


The most enduring lie is that the atomic bomb was dropped to end the war in the Pacific and save lives.

"Even without the atomic bombing attacks," concluded the United States Strategic Bombing Survey of 1946, "air supremacy over Japan could have exerted sufficient pressure to bring about unconditional surrender and obviate the need for invasion. Based on a detailed investigation of all the facts, and supported by the testimony of the surviving Japanese leaders involved, it is the Survey's opinion that ... Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated."

The National Archives in Washington contain US government documents that chart Japanese peace overtures as early as 1943. None was pursued. A cable sent on May 5, 1945 by the German ambassador in Tokyo and intercepted by the US dispels any doubt that the Japanese were desperate to sue for peace, including "capitulation even if the terms were hard". Instead, the US secretary of war,
Henry Stimson, told President Truman he was "fearful" that the US air force would have Japan so "bombed out" that the new weapon would not be able "to show its strength".

He later admitted that "no effort was made, and none was seriously considered, to achieve surrender merely in order not to have to use the bomb". His foreign policy colleagues were eager "to browbeat the Russians with the bomb held rather ostentatiously on our hip".
General Leslie Groves, director of the Manhattan Project that made the bomb, testified: "There was never any illusion on my part that Russia was our enemy, and that the project was conducted on that basis."

The day after Hiroshima was obliterated,
President Truman voiced his satisfaction with the "overwhelming success" of "the experiment".

Read the revolting rest, right here.

(Cross posted at 'appletree')

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Anonymous kiwi said...

Hello Rick. Long time no see.
Two good anniversary posts.

No wonder you're so widely read, Rick. Look what I found.

5:22 pm  
Anonymous Amanda said...

War crimes against humanity. Nothing less.

Thank you Old Brit.

9:57 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The future is going to be cool and stuff

11:01 pm  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

How could they ever forgive us?
We will never learn.
Are we going to do the same thing to Iran?
it is sickening.

5:05 am  
Anonymous R J Adams said...

Sadly, there are too few like Pilger.

5:18 pm  
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1:13 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they were so willing to surrender, why didn't they after the first bomb?

7:45 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The anti war crowd are idiots...THE REAL TRUTH is that the Japanese were planning on using Bio-warfare to obliterate the U.S. They cultured the most deadly forms of Plague and other nasties, infected them in fleas and showed they could explode a container that leave 75% of the fleas alive. They were going to use the ballons and natural trade winds to hit all of the U.S., lucky the U.S. bombed them before they did this. The Japanese only surrendered after the SECOND bomb and the Bio-warfare program was not far enough along to counter it. Japan was far less merciful than allied forces and Hiroshima/Nagasaki industrial engines murdered millions of Chinese and allied forces.

7:05 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's so unjust killing an enemy that is willing to commit suicide to attack U.S. positions.

7:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aweful! What we SHOULD have done was throw a nice little tea party... maybe in Hawaii or Guam. We could have had clowns doing balloon tricks, a pony ride for the kids, and little cakes made to hand out. Then the boss could show up and say, "look, you guys nearly took out our entire Pacific fleet, unprovoked, and killed 2350/wounded 1178 (ie civillians). But if you'll just be nice and sign this paper saying "I give up!" we'll let it slide".

1:21 pm  

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