A day of infamy FDR said of Pearl Harbour.
But neither he nor Truman would ever have said it about August 6, Hiroshima Day.
A day of mass murder, a needless exercise in butchery given that Japan had already made overtures to surrender.
A decision that sickened Admiral Leahy, the head of the Pacific fleet
It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons.
The lethal possibilities of atomic warfare in the future are frightening. My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.”
Supreme Allied Commander General Eisenhower’s thoughts when Stinson the Secretary of War informed him of Truman’s decision
During his recitation of the relevant facts, I had been conscious of a feeling of depression and so I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives. It was my belief that Japan was, at that very moment, seeking some way to surrender with a minimum loss of ‘face’. The Secretary was deeply perturbed by my attitude…”
The empire of course never apologizes for opening the nuclear age and being the first to immolate over one hundred thousand. And then there was Nagasaki on August 9. More innocent civilians became shadows on a rock.
Here they are again 70 years later ready to spend $1 trillion in the next 3 years on nuclear upgrades. And all the while lecturing Iran striving to go nuclear and saying nothing about the only nuclear power in the Middle East, israel
Oh, when will they ever learn?