August 6, 1945, A Day of Shame
Today is the anniversary of the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima. This war crime was to the shame of us all. Three days later, the Allies did it again by dropping the bomb on Nagasaki.
Throughout most of my life I accepted the explanation that it was a necessary act to shorten the war with Japan and save possibly 100's of thousands of lives, particularly American lives.
Like most explanations for military actions. this was a lie, a big lie. We now know that the Japanese were trying to negotiate a surrender. They knew they had lost the war. Their navy and air force were destroyed . Their cities were suffering terrible damage through conventional bombing. The necessity of the A bomb cannot be justified.
The military leadership of the United States was almost to a man opposed to using this new and dreadful weapon.
Why then, was the Atomic Bomb used? President Harry Truman made the decision. It most likely was used because the US had it and it needed to be tested in action. This decision was made easier because the "Japs" had been demonized as little yellow fanatical men whose lives were less valuable than Westerners. In short, racism made it an easier decision.
The bomb worked even "better" than expected. The cold war race to have this technology in military arsenals began. I have lived most of my life under the threat and fear of the Atomic bomb. It continues with even more nations playing the dangerous threatening game..
We have become somewhat used to living with the bomb. So much so, with limited protest we find the US using depeted uranium on bombs and they talk of using small nuclear weapons. The question is not if the Atomic Bomb will be used again but when it will be used. The time has long passed when the nuclear weapons should be destroyed. They are the only true weapons of mass destruction.
Today is a day to remember and think what threat we live under.