President Truman’s Gift to the World: genocide and nuclear war
As we move toward the 65th anniversary of the nuclear genocide by the United States at the end of World War II, we should correct a frequent misinterpretation of the Potsdam Declaration. This preceded by eleven and fourteen days two days that indeed will “live in infamy”: August 6 and 9, 1945. Certainly, the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were as immoral and criminal as nazi Germany’s bestial acts and their legacy much more pronounced and significant. One of the many misperceptions about the nuclear attacks on Hirohsima and Nagasaki was the belief that Japan was warned in advance of the impeding, racist nuclear slaughter.
The Potsdam Declaration was issued on July 26, 1945 by the United States, Britain and China. The Soviet Union was still ostensibly not at war with Japan and did not sign on to this statement at the end of the Potsdam Conference outside Berlin after V-E Day. It was the first wartime conference attended by the overwhelmed and underprepared “Man from Missouri”-Harry S Truman.
I will be releasing online my recently published article on the genocide on August 6. I quote however briefly from The Historian article:
This tripartite document demanded “the unconditional surrender of all Japanese armed forces. .. . The alternative for Japan is prompt and utter destruction.” The presidential draft message of July 30, 1945 asserted how “[i]t was to spare the Japanese people that the ultimatum of July 26 was issued at Potsdam.” This claim belied the fact that the Potsdam Declaration lacked an atomic warning.
What I am referring to was the great Truman lie that the Potsdam Declaration constituted an attempt to “spare the Japanese people” by this warning. What warning? It is merely a threat of genocide and of continued barbarism. It is merely exterminationist rhetoric. There is no atomic warning and no mentioning that a uranium-core bomb was to explode over a city of innocents! Japan was never given any hint that a weapon of mass destruction was to be unleashed and the Potsdam Declaration demonstrates that fully. Japan had no idea that a nuclear attack on two cities was imminent and had it been given an atomic warning, it may well have surrendered and the nuclear arms race might have been avoided or perhaps delayed significantly.
Another Truman lie was his claim in the Hiroshima announcement that Japan’s “leaders promptly rejected the ultimatum.” There is considerable dispute over exactly what Japan’s response was and certainly it was not warned in the ultimatum that 150,000 to 200,000 women, children, fetuses and men would be blasted and irradiated to death by the cowardly attacks of the Enola Gay and Bokscar. Also civilised nations do not give “ultimatums.” They do not seek “unconditional surrender.” They seek negotiation, reconciliation and respect for human life. The United States as a result of this war has become a ruthless warrior state with its thousands of nuclear weapons that it brandishes constantly with its talk of deterrence and mutual assured destruction and first-strike capability.
Today July 26, 2010 should be a day of reflection on the vicious, racist arrogance of the Potsdam Declaration and its utter failure to either warn about an atomic attack or provide guarantees of the perpetuation of the emperor.
The great war criminal Harry S Truman should be remembered for what he was. A ruthless murderer who is now the darling, of course, of American historians.