Just imagine how much education, healthcare, unemployment benefits or pensions that could buy.
The War Was Won Before Hiroshima—And the Generals Who Dropped the Bomb Knew It
Seventy years after the bombing, will [we] face the brutal truth?
Seventy years ago today [August 9, 1945] a president of the
United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, a city full of innocent
Japanese. It was the second time in three days that Harry Truman had done such
a thing: He had bombed Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The fatalities in the two
cities totalled 150,000–246,000. The victims – mostly children, women, and old
men – suffered horrible deaths in the blasts and firestorms. Only shadows
remained of those who were vaporized. Many more were injured; others later died
from radiation sickness...
The bombings – and other atrocities committed
by the U.S. government during World War II, including the “conventional”
firebombing of Tokyo that killed 100,000 noncombatants; the destruction of
Dresden, a German city of no strategic value; and the continued bombing of
Tokyo after the A-bombings and an agreement to surrender – should have been
enough to destroy forever any perception of moral authority in the U.S.
government – particularly on the subjects like terrorism.
But, oddly, things
have not worked out that way. America proclaims itself the “indispensable
nation.” The rules that apply to everyone else don’t apply to American
“leaders.” Because of alleged “American exceptionalism,” presidents of the
United States gets to write their own rules, even redefining torture if they
wish. If much of the rest of the world objects, it’s too bad; no one is in a
position to do anything about it. (This immunity from common rules of decency
extends to America’s “closest ally,” Israel.)
A version of this originally appeared as a TGIF at The Future of Freedom Foundation.
Sheldon Richman keeps the blog "Free Association" and is a senior fellow and chair of the trustees of the Center for a Stateless Society.
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Mikhail Gorbachev was born in 1931 in the rural locality of Privolnoye in the northern Caucasus. He became a member of the Soviet Communist Party at the age of 21 and began a career as a functionary. From 1985 to 1991, he served as the general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the most powerful man in the country. With his policies of glasnost ("openness") and perestroika ("restructuring"), he initiated the end of the Soviet Union and the Cold War. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 for his historic work.