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Hiroshima Mon Amour: August 6, 1945 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 August 2005 16:05
Hiroshima Mon Amour: August 6, 1945

PEJ News - F.H. Knelman, Ph.D. 

On a fateful day in August
The U.S. betrayed its trust
It incarcerated a city
And did it without pity
The target was the Kremlin
Their act, the ultimate sin
They erect monuments of disaster
It is the world they wish to master
They mine the forest and kill the soil
But their greatest need is oil
Progress serves their evil intention
Using their clever fathers of invention
Prometheus unbound spoke without care
Hardly one child did they spare
Disney named the bomb ?Little Boy?
It was the generals? favourite toy
Hiroshima we shall never forget
America has still to pay the debt

Date: Fri, 05 Aug 2005 09:26:44 -0700
From: Fred Knelman < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Subject: HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR : 6 August, 1945


Many of the major American military commanders opposed the decision to drop the bombs. Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, broached the subject with Secretary of War Stimson: ?I voiced to him my 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 our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon that I thought was no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives...Japan was, at that very moment, seeking some way to surrender with a minimum loss of ?face?...it wasn?t necessary to hit them with that awful thing.?

In fact, General Omar Bradley said Eisenhower directly challenged Truman at a meeting on July 20, 1945. The U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey concluded: ?Certainly prior to December 31, 1945, and in all probability prior to November 1, 1945, Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war, and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated.? Leahy was a five-star admiral and the senior military officer of the U.S. as well as chief of staff to presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Truman. His denunciation of the atomic bombing was unequivocal: ?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...My own feeling is that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages..?

Source: F.H. Knelman, ?Every Life is a Story: The Social Relations of Science, Ecology and Peace?, (Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1998), Chapter 2, pages 32-33 (see book for references).

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