On August 6, 1945, the world (unfortunately) entered the atomic age.
Without warning, a single nuclear bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima killed about 90,000 people instantly and injured many others – who then died from radiation sickness.
Three days later, a second atomic strike on the city of Nagasaki killed some 37,000 people and injured another 43,000.
Together the two bombs eventually killed an estimated 200,000 Japanese civilians.
A very important point made above,
We will have to wait and see, but what our history books tell us about the atomic bomb and why it was dropped seems to be a complete lie, according to what are some very credible sources.
We are often taught that yes, use of the atomic bomb was necessary to end the war with Japan at the earliest possible moment, but judging by the statements of many high ranking political and military personnel this is simply not the case.
Here’s what General/President Dwight Eisenhower had to say about it in his 1963 memoir, The White House Years: Mandate for Change, 1953-1956 (pp. 312-313):
Given what I mentioned at the start of this article, I think it’s also important to note that Eisenhower also said (in his farewell address) that:
Did this "misplaced power" influence the decision to drop the atomic bomb?
It’s impossible to say for sure, but it seems absurd to not consider the possibility.
Another great example comes from General Douglas MacArthur, who sent a 40-page memorandum to President Roosevelt that clearly outlines five different surrender overtures from high ranking Japanese officials.
This memo was also revealed on the front page of the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Times on August 19th, 1945.
Again, the memo unequivocally states that the Japanese were offering to surrender. What is even more eye opening is the fact that the surrender terms were practically identical to what was ultimately accepted by the Americans after the bomb had dropped.
The memo (source) stated these terms:
Japan also made multiple attempts to end the war through Sweden and Portugal, who were neutral at the time.
They also approached Soviet Russia’s leaders,
Here is a quote from Deputy Director of the Office of Naval Intelligence, Ellis Zacharias:
Similarly, Admiral Leahy, Chief of Staff to presidents Roosevelt and Truman, later commented:
There have also been some disturbing remarks like this one.
On September 9, 1945, Admiral William F. Halsey, commander of the Third Fleet, was publicly quoted extensively as stating that the atomic bomb was used because the scientists had a "toy and they wanted to try it out…"
He further stated,
He said this despite the fact that most prominent scientists were completely against it. The scientists involved with the Manhattan project even wrote to the Secretary of Defense to try and encourage him not to drop the bomb.
So ask yourself, why did they really drop the bomb?
A number of theories have been purposed; history.com outlines how it could have been dropped to demonstrate a new weapon of mass destruction to the Soviets.
In 2005, new scientist alluded to the same thing, claiming that it was done to kick start the Cold War.
What’s My Point?
What I am trying to do here is get readers to think.
If it was clearly unnecessary to drop the bomb, if it didn’t have to be done, then what is the justification? Despite the fierce opposition from various military and political leaders, and the fact that Japan was ready to surrender, it was still dropped.
War is completely unnecessary, and there are always those who seem to thrive off of creating conflict. 9/11 is a perfect example, a supposed "terrorist" attack used to justify the infiltration of the Middle East.
There are more oddities, like the information suggesting that both sides of the war were funded by the same group.
Have we learned from our mistake? The fact that nuclear weapons even exist is a discouraging fact, and I am ashamed to be a part of a race who has developed so many of them. It would be great if we could use our brilliant minds/science to advance ourselves as a civilization, not destroy it.
We need to learn from our history, not accept textbook explanations that paint a false picture of it.
That being said, we have come a long way since 1945; it’s clear that the majority of people on this planet prefer to live in a peaceful world, so why are there so many obstacles in place preventing us from doing so?