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Hiroshima and Nagasaki: the truth

“OH, I wouldn’t hesitate if I had the choice. I’d wipe ’em out. You’re gonna kill innocent people at the same time, but we’ve never fought a damn war anywhere in the world where they didn’t kill innocent people. If the newspapers would just cut out the shit: ‘You’ve killed so many civilians.’ That’s their tough luck for being there.”

– US pilot of the plane that dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima, Paul Tibbets.

THE atom bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 8 1945 were totally unnecessary and contrary to all US claimed reasons. 

That warnings were given is a complete lie. Only leaflets about fire bombings were dropped. 

Two types of nuclear bombs were used, uranium for Hiroshima and plutonium for Nagasaki. 

The atom bombings of Japan were used as experiments in order to test their effects on live populations and relatively undamaged cities and to scare the USSR and the rest of the world into submission to US world domination. 

The two cities were especially chosen as the US had left them relatively undamaged for the very purpose of testing the two types of bomb. 

Many thousands of Japanese and their descendants still suffer from atomic radiation effects and will do so for generations yet and the effects of radiation and much more information on the real reasons for the atom bombings are still classified.

The Japanese were already defeated before the atom bombings as their importing of food, armaments and supplies of everything was already prevented by US naval and air action. 

The US had decoded Japanese communications four years earlier and will have known about Japanese offers of surrender long before the atom bombings. 

The Japanese only rejected US terms of unconditional surrender because they wanted to retain their emperor. 

The US knew this and only accepted retention of the emperor after the two nuclear bombings. 

The US was desperate to drop the atom bombs before the Potsdam agreed date of August 15 1945 for Soviet entry in the war in south-east Asia because of its desperate fear of Soviet influence in the region. 

The US wanted the nuclear bombings of Japan to be a warning to the Soviet Union and the rest of the world of who was now in nuclear control of the world.

The US military was not involved in the final decision to drop the atom bombs, which was a purely political decision ordered by President Harry Truman. US nuclear weapons continue to dominate the world and US policy is still to make pre-emptive use of them.

The US wanted to test the two different types of nuclear bomb on live populations and relatively undamaged cities.

“We have already lost Germany … If Japan bows out [surrenders], we will not have a live population on which to test the bomb … our entire postwar program depends on terrifying the world with the atomic bomb … we are hoping for a million tally [of population] in Japan. But if they surrender, we won’t have anything.”
(US Secretary of State Edward Stettinius, May 1945.)

“Keep Japan in the war another three months, and we can use the bomb on their cities; we will end this war with the naked fear of all the peoples of the world, who will then bow to our will … We have to scare the hell out of ’em in order to browbeat the American people into paying heavy taxes to support the cold war.”
(US Senate foreign relations committee chairman Arthur Vandenberg.)

“It was strange to us that Hiroshima had never been bombed, despite the fact that B-29 [US] bombers flew over the city every day. Only after the war did I come to know that Hiroshima, according to American archives, had been kept untouched in order to preserve it as a target for the use of nuclear weapons.”
(Japanese Doctor Shuntaro Hida, who was in Hiroshima at the time of the bombing.)

“In this first testing ground of the atomic bomb I have seen the most terrible and frightening desolation in four years of war … The damage is far greater than photographs can show … Of thousands of others, nearer the centre of the explosion, there was no trace. They vanished. The theory in Hiroshima is that the atomic heat was so great that they burned instantly to ashes, except that there were no ashes … Could anything justify the extermination of civilians on such a scale? … In Hiroshima, 30 days after the first atomic bomb destroyed the city and shook the world, people are still dying, mysteriously and horribly — people who were uninjured by the cataclysm — from an unknown something which I can only describe as an atomic plague … I became very conscious of what would happen in the event of a new world war.”
(Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett. Wilfred Burchett was the first Western journalist to enter Hiroshima after the atom bomb. His press permit was then withdrawn, Japanese film of the consequences of the bombing were confiscated, and after reporting other events the Australian government wanted kept secret, his passport was then taken away.)

“After the end of World War II, the US occupational forces and the Japanese government tried to conceal the real condition of Hiroshima and Nagasaki from the public by suppressing all reports on the damage of these two cities caused by the A-bombs ...”
(Hiroshima atom bomb survivor Sakao Ito.)

The US rejected various Japanese offers of surrender, some of which were as early as September 1944.

“The assertion that the new American bombs brought the Japanese war to an end is a myth. As we know, weeks before the appearance of the atom bombs, the Emperor Hirohito had already asked Stalin to mediate; thus openly admitting defeat. In reality Japan had been brought down by the interruption of her sea communications by Anglo-American sea power and the danger of a Soviet thrust across Manchuria cutting off the Japanese armies in Asia from home.”
(The Times, August 16 1945.)

“The Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs did not defeat Japan, nor … did they persuade Japan to accept unconditional surrender. The [Japanese government] had decided as early as May 1945 that the war should be ended even if it meant acceptance of defeat on allied terms.”
(US Strategic Bombing Survey, July 1 1946.)

“Went to lunch with P.M. [British Prime Minister Churchill] … Discussed Manhattan [atom bomb testing] (it is a success). Decided to tell Stalin about it. Stalin had told P.M. of telegram from Jap Emperor asking for peace.”
(US President Truman, in his diary, July 18 1945.)

The US was deeply afraid of socialist influence in Asia, as everywhere, and did not want the USSR to enter the war in the east. It was determined that the use of atomic bombs should be a political warning to the Soviet Union and the rest of the world.

“In March 1944 I experienced a disagreeable shock. In a casual conversation, General Leslie Groves, the head of the Manhattan [nuclear bomb] Project, said, ‘You realise, of course, that the real purpose of making the bomb is to subdue our chief enemy, the Russians!’ Until then I thought that our work was to prevent a Nazi victory.”
(British physics Professor Joseph Rotblat, The Times July 17 1985.)

“There was never, from about two weeks from the time I took charge of this project, any illusions on my part, but that Russia was our enemy, and that the project was carried out on that basis. I didn’t go along with the attitude of the whole country that Russia was our gallant ally.”
(US General Leslie Groves, director of the 1945 Manhattan nuclear bomb testing project.)

“It wasn’t necessary to use the bomb against the cities of Japan in order to win the war but our possession and demonstration of the bomb would make the Russians more manageable in Europe.”
(US Secretary of State James Byrnes.)

“We now had something in our hands which would redress the balance with the Russians.”
(British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. How could it “redress the balance” when the Soviets had no unclear weapons at the time?)

Another reason that the atom bombs were entirely unnecessary was that the US knew that the Japanese could not continue the war as they had no means of importing food or supplies.

“It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons.”
(US Chief of Staff Admiral William Leahy to President Truman. In Leahy’s memoirs.)

“I think that the Japanese were ready for peace, and they already had approached the Russians and, I think, the Swiss … the Japanese war was really won before we ever used the atom bomb … the Japanese were becoming weaker and weaker. They were surrounded by the navy. They couldn’t get any imports and they couldn’t export anything.”
(US Under Secretary of the Navy Ralph Bard.)

The nuclear bombing of Japanese cities was not a military decision, as top-ranking military officers were against it. It was a political decision at the highest level.

“It was not a military decision [to drop the atomic bomb], but rather a political one.”
(US General George Marshall.)

“The atomic bomb played no decisive part, from a purely military point of view, in the defeat of Japan … The Japanese had, in fact, already sued for peace before the atomic age was announced to the world with the destruction of Hiroshima and before the Russian entry into the war.”
(US Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet Admiral Nimitz.)

“[US General Douglas] MacArthur… thought it a tragedy that the bomb was ever exploded. MacArthur believed that the same restrictions ought to apply to atomic weapons as to conventional weapons, that the military objective should always be limited damage to noncombatants. … MacArthur, you see, was a soldier. He believed in using force only against military targets, and that is why the nuclear thing turned him off.”
(US President Nixon.)

“If the Germans had dropped atomic bombs on cities instead of us … Can anyone doubt that we would then have defined the dropping of atomic bombs on cities as a war crime, and that we would have sentenced the Germans who were guilty of this crime to death at Nuremberg and hanged them?”
(Leading Manhattan atom bomb project US scientist Leo Szilard.)

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