The Hiroshima atomic attack was an act of genocide on August 6, 1945 which among many other crimes such as the gratuitous extermination of Nagasaki three days later, on August 9, has always caused me to question the bombastic hypocrisy of this country. This was perhaps the single greatest act of evil ever perpetrated by a nation and one that has never been acknowledged by the criminal United States:
1) Japan was on the verge of surrender and diplomatically engaged with the Soviet Union, with which it was not yet at war, to find a path to exit the war.
2) The Russians were about to implement their Yalta Conference promise of entering the Pacific War within 90 days after the defeat of Germany which they did early on August 9, 1945, the same morning that later witnessed the Nagasaki genocide. A Russian attack alone would likely have forced Japan into surrender knowing now they faced both the US and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The United States Strategic Bombing Survey in its iconic and devastating report from July 1946 stated:
it is the Survey’s opinion that certainly prior to 31 December
1945, and in all probability prior to 1 November 1945,
Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had
not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war,
and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated..
3) An American promise of emperor retention may have avoided the use of the untested uranium “Little Boy” atomic bomb and induced Japan to end the war. Acting Secretary of State Joseph Grew and others believed a modest adjustment of unconditional surrender would have led to a Japan surrender prior to August 6, 1945.
4) Unconditional surrender was barbaric and offered little incentive for Japan to cease combat and indeed the emperor was ironcially retained by Gen. Douglas MacArthur during the occupation. President Franklin Roosevelt hastily conceived it as an almost after thought at a press conference at the first “allied” wartime Casablanca conference in January 1943.
5) There could have been a demonstration to show Japan the power of the uranium or plutonium core bomb.
6) There could have been an atomic warning which was never given at Potsdam. The Potsdam Declaration of July 26, 1945 excluded any mentioning of an atomic device that would be burst over the skies of Japan. The weapons never touched the ground. Those who claim there was prebomb leafleting of Japan’s cities as a warning have yet to produce a copy since there was no warning: genocide rarely is offered as a choice by a racist nation such as the United States that held a particular venom against Japan.
7) There could have been a continuation of conventional warfare and island encirclement that would have caused virtually no casualties and eventually compelled a Japanese surrender.
8) The initial ground invasion, that was never necessary, of Japan would not start until November on the island of Kyushu and the principal invasion was not planned until Spring 1946 across the Tokyo plain. There was no need to luanch an atomic bomb attack so months before then.
9) The attack on a defenceless urban area was a criminal act as was all of the allied “Strategic Bombing” during World War II. Americans should have been tried along with the Nazis at Nuremberg and the Tokyo warcrime trials. There is no significant ethical distinction between America and Nazi Germany in their conduct of the war. None, the US also had concentration camps based on ethnicity (Japanese) but that is another issue for another time.