Monday, August 6, 2012

Anniversary of a "Cold War Crime Against Humanity"

"The US intentionally prolonged the war for the sole purpose of testing the atomic bomb on real cities," rightly charges the author of this piece — Phil Strongman: Hiroshima is a war crime that haunts my family, 67 years on. An excerpt:
    Apologists for these events have used two arguments. These attacks were necessary because Japan wouldn't surrender without them, and because a land invasion against Japan's disciplined troops would have caused 300,000 US casualties or more. The bombing also kept the Soviets out of Japan and helped speed the end of the war. This thought now dominates – anyone disagreeing is "a soft peacenik". No one objected to the A-Bomb's use in 1945, we are told. No one who knew the score amongst the military high-ups. There was no alternative.

    But the argument that no one in the know objected is a fallacy. General Eisenhower opposed it, "Japan was already defeated… dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary." The Pacific Fleet commander Admiral Nimitz agreed: "The Japanese had, in fact, already sued for peace. The atomic bomb played no decisive part, from a purely military point of view, in their defeat." Admiral Leahy, President Truman's Chief of Staff, concurred: the atomic attacks were "of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already ready to surrender…"

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Blogger J.K. Baltzersen said...

Thank you for linking to this article, sir.

There is also apparently a "Christian" priest among the apologists, as you can see in a video here.

August 7, 2012 at 3:11 AM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Sad indeed. A far cry from Catholic World editor Fr. James Martin Gillis's September 1945 article calling this atrocity "the most powerful blow ever delivered against Christian civilization and the moral law or Paragraph #2314 of Catechism of the Catholic Church which states, "=Every act of war directed to the indiscriminate destruction of whole cities or vast areas with their inhabitants is a crime against God and man, which merits firm and unequivocal condemnation."

August 8, 2012 at 7:19 AM  

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