Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Worst terror attack in history

http://www.greenleft.org.au/back/2005/636/636p3.htm


On July 21 2005, the British New Scientist magazine reported that two historians had uncovered evidence revealing that:

“the US decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki ... was meant to kick-start the Cold War rather than end the Second World War”.

Mark Selden, a historian from Cornell University in New York, and Peter Kuznick, director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at the University in Washington, studied the diplomatic archives of the US, Japan and the USSR.

They found that three days before Hiroshima, Truman agreed at a meeting that Japan was “looking for peace”.

His senior generals and political advisers told him there was no need to use the A-bomb.

But the bombs were dropped anyway. “Impressing Russia was more important than ending the war”, Selden told the New Scientist.

This ties in with the testimony of many central US political and military players at the time, including General Dwight Eisenhower, who stated bluntly in a 1963 Newsweek interview that “the Japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing”.

Truman's chief of staff, Admiral William Leahy, stated in his memoirs 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.”

The USA killed hundreds of thousands of men, women and children in order to show off its power.

The United States' latest Nuclear Posture Review 'envisages the use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear “rogue states” and it is developing a new generation of ‘battlefield” nuclear weapons.'


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