We Will Not Let Them Forget


The crimes against humanity committed by the American government on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War Two, and with full support of its allies, are perhaps the two most appalling war crimes in the history of the world. Greater than any atrocity in Africa, Bosnia; greater than the Nazi extermination of Jews that is now known as the Holocaust.

Some would argue the veracity of that statement. After all, six million died in the Holocaust, while probably only a quarter to half a million died as a result of the atom bombs, though many over a much longer period of time.

The difference was that the allies considered themselves the “good” guys, fighting evil. Yet, even when ‘evil’ was defeated, the “good” guys went ahead and used evil methods to achieve solely political objectives.

There are those who still refuse to accept the enormity of these crimes committed in our names. They stubbornly insist the bombings shortened the war by weeks, and thus saved American lives. The vast majority of those slaughtered horribly in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were innocent civilians. To argue such justification is to argue that the lives of a few American soldiers were worth the loss of countless Japanese.

I would ask the questions: was then, one innocent American life more important than one innocent Japanese life? Are Americans a superior species of Homo sapiens (Homo sapiens americanus, as opposed to Homo sapien restoftheworldus?). If the answer to both is “no”, then any justification for the bombings falls apart. Answer “yes”, and your arrogance proves the falsehood of the response.

Those who ordered the horrors at Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the 6th and 9th of August 1945 were never forced to answer for their crimes. After the war, many top Japanese officials paid for their temerity with their lives, but the perpetrators of the bombings went unpunished, some lauded as “heroes” by their people.

They committed their crimes in my name, and in your name. Those who, to this day, still deny the evil committed on the Japanese people need to be reminded, persuaded of the truth.

Until America, and those other nations still insisting the atrocities were a ‘positive’ action, accept responsibility and admit their country perpetrated a war crime of immense proportions, we must never let them forget.

It’s the least we can do to honor the memory of those innocents who suffered and died so horribly, and so needlessly.

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4 Replies to “We Will Not Let Them Forget”

  1. I posted on this myself, RJA, a couple of years ago. And for the life of me can’t find it. Stupid tags!!
    The devastation of this goes far beyond 1945 in that the generations following had birth defects, still births, cancers, tumours, lifes totally impacted and foreshortened, etc. In numbers of affected millions and millions.
    And Iraq’s truth will only surface later.
    it hurts the spirit just thinking about it, doesn’t it?
    We are all complicit in not making these monsters accountable for these horrific war crimes.

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