Friday, August 06, 2010

Ceremony without a name

One of the things that doom us is the constant rewriting of history. Today’s New York Times has an article regarding a ceremony held in Japan for the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which it refers to only as “the annual ceremony,” for some odd reason as I’m sure it must have a name. However that may be the article reinforces the false narrative that the United States bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic bombs in order to shorten the war and save both American and Japanese lives. That’s an interesting addition, the Japanese lives saved that is, because mostly what I’ve heard before is that it saved American lives. Both are outrageous lies of course. Japan was seeking surrender as Truman well knew and the reason he used the atomic weapons against Japan was not to end a war that had essentially already ended but to impress the Russians who of course hadn’t yet joined the nuclear club.

Here we see not only the lies but the stupidity of a national leader, Truman. Truman had to believe that the Russians would never be able to make an atomic bomb. Not only was it short sighted but displayed a lack of understanding regarding the history of the weapons race. It was also the act of a brutal murdering monster who felt no remorse for the destruction of hundreds of thousands of human beings since it was the power of the State that was all important. In this case power over Russia. The Cold War that followed was equally destructive.

The article goes on about how the Japanese want Obama to visit Nagasaki and Hiroshima because they believe Obama is truly interested in nuclear disarmament. They believed Obama’s speech about doing so but sadly they do not know who or what Obama is. A common malady here in the States as well. They’ll learn soon enough. It’s an interesting example of our Peace Laureate’s method of operation and of how gullible people are. We see much the same pattern here in the States where Obama comes off as the great savior, or did at first, to many people.

The United States isn’t about to dispose of the black heart of its power, our nuclear weapon stockpile. To believe that we would do so would be to ignore how people and nations pursue power. Once you let the nuclear cat out of the bag you just can’t stuff it back in no matter what you do. What is far more likely to end the nuclear weapons race is that some weapon entirely different and even more destructive will be invented by some demented souls. Nations don’t dispose of weapons until they get better newer ones as a rule. So the New York Times paints us a pretty picture of well meaning national leaders and a “painful” past (smothered in bullshit) reconciled in false hopes and dreams that will never be realized.

3 Comments:

At August 06, 2010 4:31 PM, Anonymous cemmcs said...

I was just reading this.

 
At August 06, 2010 7:04 PM, Blogger rob payne said...

Cemmcs,

Good link, thanks. That account pretty much matches up with others I've read. If anyone is interested in the atomic bombs dropped on Japan Cemmcs link is an excellent read.

 
At August 08, 2010 9:17 AM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

the Christian Science Monitor also had this: ""Hiroshima memorial visit: unspoken apology or commitment to disarmament?".

(The actual article essentially points out that it doesn't count as an apology.)

 

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