Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Lies During War

The current administration doesn't have a monopoly on lies during war -- lies designed to further war. This is well known, especially for those who have memories of the Vietnam war era. However, how about the lies of the second world war? John V. Denson has an informed post on The Hiroshima Myth, on In his article, Denson asserts that the use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima (and hence Nagasaki) did not cause the Japanese to surrender, because the Japanese had already expressed the wish to surrender. The lies after the horror of Hiroshima were told to justify the dropping of the bombs. The use of the atomic bomb was not supported by many, including high ranking military commanders such as General Eisenhower and Admiral Nimitz. So why was the bomb dropped? It wasn't for a military victory. It was political.

Fat Man and Little Boy were responsible for nearly half a million deaths.



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