January 29th, 2005

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World War 2 in a different light

When the U.S. killed 672,000 Japanese through civilian bombing, even Secretary of War Henry Stimson wondered why:

“There has never been a protest over...such extraordinarily heavy loss of life.
There is something wrong with a country where no one questions that.”

Two photos of post firebombing of Dresden

“...U.S. industrialists [are] hell-bent to bring a fascist state to supplant [American] democratic government and [are] working closely with the fascist regime in Germany and Italy. I have had plenty of opportunity in my post in Berlin to witness how close some of our American ruling families are to the Nazi regime. They extended aid to help Fascism occupy the seat of power, and they are helping to keep it there.”
— William E. Dodd U.S. Ambassador to Germany 1937

Side note:
"U.S. industrialists [are] hell-bent to bring a fascist state to supplant [American] democratic government" Sounds extreme and unbeilivable?
(See more on the ignored history on the business tycon 1933 plot to overthrow the United States Government, foiled by General Smedley Butler)

Click here for more on the attempted overthrow

As one author writes:
Why, then, is this incident in U.S. history not better known?
Why don't children learn in school about the plot to seize the United States government? The answer is obvious to anyone familiar with how the American political system and press work.


Excerpts of the Flyboys
Testimonies of those who lived through Hiroshima
Articles by Zinn on Hiroshima

Extensive excerpts from the book Flyboys : A True Story of Courage, detailing the fire bombing of Japan
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Testimonies of those who lived through Hiroshima and the A-Bomb WWW Museum.

The Progressive magazine:
The Greatest Generation? (Howard Zinn was an American bomber in Germany)

The Progressive magazine:The Bombs Of August by Howard Zinn


Near the end of the novel The English Patient there is a passage in which Kip, the Sikh defuser of mines, begins to speak bitterly to the burned, near-death patient about British and American imperialism: "You and then the Americans converted us. . . . You had wars like cricket. How did you fool us into this? Here, listen to what you people have done." He puts earphones on the blackened head. The radio is telling about the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Kip goes on: "All those speeches of civilization from kings and queens and presidents . . . such voices of abstract order . . . American, French, I don't care. When you start bombing the brown races of the world, you're an Englishman. You had King Leopold of Belgium, and now you have fucking Harry Truman of the USA."

You probably don't remember those lines in the movie made from The English Patient. That's because they were not there.

Hardly a surprise. The bombing of Hiroshima remains sacred to the American Establishment and to a very large part of the population in this country. I learned that when, in 1995, I was invited to speak at the Chautauqua Institute in New York state. I chose Hiroshima as my subject, it being the fiftieth anniversary of the dropping of the bomb. There were 2,000 people in that huge amphitheater and as I explained why Hiroshima and Nagasaki were unforgivable atrocities, perpetrated on a Japan ready to surrender, the audience was silent. Well, not quite. A number of people shouted angrily at me from their seats.

Understandable. To question Hiroshima is to explode a precious myth which we all grow up with in this country--that America is different from the other imperial powers of the world, that other nations may commit unspeakable acts, but not ours.