Part 2 of 2 August 27, 2015
Correcting the impression that all A-bomb victims were warned by US leaflets beforehand, here is the New Yorker article on the Nagasaki bombing:
1. On the question of whether the Fukushima nuclear disaster's subsequent nuclear contamination of North America is justified by the prior US A-bomb
drops, my thought is that two wrongs don't make a right.
2. Both Bluntone 22 and Ketsuko are correct in their estimates of the number of potentially dead US G.I.s following a theoretical US land invasion of
Japan to end WWII. US President Truman's casualty estimates ranged widely over time. He started out estimating the potential number of dead GIs in
the hundreds of thousands, and by decades later, had inflated his estimate to one million. That why it's so confusing to look back and try to
remember what those estimates were. With that history in mind, Danke's comment is that "In this particular case, however, most experts agree that
more lives were saved in the end with the use of those nuclear weapons"... I agree with Danke with respect to the actual opinions of the majority of
US experts, but a more careful examination of the US expert community on that subject reveals a number of key variables: a) Experts with ideological
and/or financial US military affiliations are heavily biased in both that conclusion and their information sources used to justify that conclusion.
b) Of the US experts who are professional historians, those who have read more newly declassified materials agree with this year's A-bombing coverage
in the New Yorker magazine about the lack of military or political justification for those A-bombings. In other words, because of the lingering
effects of heavy US censorship concerning these A-bombings, especially in the USA, most Americans are slow to understand the enormity of the US
decisions to use that type of weapon.
Personal note: In case you are wondering, my own ethnicity is Euro-American and Caucasian ... further, my family member was an American POW during
WWI ... not a tall man, but because his weight dropped down to 95 pounds by the war's end, he was very lucky to survive the POW experience.
3. Houndoghowlie mentions that Japanese persons at fault (in continuing Japan's war in the 1st 8 months of 1945) included the Japanese emperor and his
advisors. Agreed on that point, but remember that Shinto, Japan's state religion, was another major factor admitted even by Japan's leading military
figures in Japan's decision to enter into WWII, and in Japan's persistence in the war well into 1945 ... that was why US general MacArthur insisted on
banning Shinto from any mention in Japan's post-WWI constitution imposed during the US occupation of Japan. And that's why, to this day, Japan no
longer has a state religion.
4. Earlier in this thread, ATS USA member Seagull's comment is as follows: "What makes the 70th anniversary so special? The war is over. Let the
dead lie in peace. Remember them, but don't use them as some sort of pawn in a contest." Seagull and everyone, the quandary of the 70th observance
of the A-bombings is that, due to the heavy US censorship concerning the A-bombings, some of which continues even as of 2015, with some A-bombing
information continuing to be seized by US Customs at US points of entry into the USA, a comprehensive understanding by US citizens of the A-bombings
and their aftermath sadly continues to elude the majority of Americans. That is why I agree with ATS member Goretex that the A-bombings are a "blot
on our history but one that needs to be remembered if we are not to make the same mistakes."
5. In very recent years, a theory has been proposed about the A-bombing's immediate victims in Japan. A testimony was voiced that the nature of the
August 1945 atomic fission explosions was so violent that it consumed even the souls of those who died instantly. Therefore, those of us who give
credence to the possibility of reincarnation must also mourn the obliteration of those personalities or essences, lost to our species forever. If
true, that soul erasure is a unique crime and a unique mistake that I ask that our species never again repeats.
edit on 8/27/2015 by Uphill because: Added word.