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  • Originally published 05/12/2016

    Obama, Truman and Hiroshima

    Wilson D. Miscamble

    There’s zero reason to apologize for the atomic bombing, which forestalled invasion and saved lives.

  • Originally published 08/06/2015

    Seven decades after Hiroshima, is there still a nuclear taboo?

    William Burr and Jeffrey Kimball

    Seventy years ago, in August 1945, the United States destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic weapons. Since then, neither the United States nor any other nuclear-armed country has used such weapons against an adversary. Why not?

  • Originally published 08/04/2015

    Our 'Merciful' Ending to the 'Good War'

    Christian Appy

    "Here we are, 70 years after the nuclear obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and I'm wondering if we've come even one step closer to a moral reckoning with our status as the world's only country to use atomic weapons to slaughter human beings."

  • Originally published 10/27/2014

    Why Americans Have Been Duped over the Use of the Atomic Bomb

    Paul Ham

    One day somebody in high office in Washington will have the intellectual honesty to acknowledge, if not apologise for, a grotesque distortion of the truth that the Truman Administration visited on the American people in the pages of Harper’s Magazine in 1947.

  • Originally published 08/07/2014

    This Makes People Invisible

    Robert Jacobs

    It's radiation.  Victims realize they are expendable and that their government and even their society are no longer invested in their well-being.

  • Originally published 08/06/2014

    Hiroshima Day 2014: How Many Minutes to Midnight?

    Noam Chomsky

    It is a near miracle that we have escaped destruction so far, and the longer we tempt fate, the less likely it is that we can hope for divine intervention to perpetuate the miracle.

  • Originally published 01/16/2013

    Rare photo of A-bomb cloud found in Hiroshima

    A long lost image from the Hiroshima atomic bombing has been discovered at a Japanese elementary school.The black-and-white photograph shows the mushroom cloud over Hiroshima split into two distinctly separated parts, one on top of the other.The rare image was found at the Honkawa Elementary School in Hiroshima city, in a collection of about 1,000 articles on the WWII atomic bombing. The material was donated by a late survivor, Yosaburo Yamasaki, in or after 1953.According to the Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun, a memo on the back of the photo says it was shot near the town of Kaitaichi, some six miles east of ground zero, two minutes after the bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945....

  • Originally published 09/02/2009

    Long Ago: A Total War in the Pacific Came to an Unimaginable End

    Vaughn Davis Bornet

    In 1941 to 1945 America’s fighting forces fought a desperate war with a dedicated and ruthless adversary, the Empire of Japan, which the enemy began with a surprise attack and which for nearly four years they did everything—fair and foul alike—to try to win.

  • Originally published 08/09/2005

    Hiroshima: Harry Truman on Trial

    In the summer of 2001, on the occasion of the anniversary of Hiroshima, History News Network staged a mock trial of Harry Truman. The charge: that he violated the Nuremberg standards regarding the lawful conduct of war.

  • Originally published 07/05/2002

    Truman on Trial: Guilty

    Jonathan Dresner

    The arguments presented by Nobile and Radosh, stripped of their scholarly references, can be summed up as follows: Prosecution:"That wasn't a nice thing to do." Defense:"But it worked, didn't it?" Prosecution:"It wasn't necessary." Defense:"Yes it was." [Insert iterations of"no it wasn't","yes it was" ad naseum] Prosecution:"There are rules against this sort of thing." Defense:"They did nasty stuff first." Prosecution:"That's no excuse." Defense:"We didn't t

  • Originally published 03/26/2018

    Does MAD really work?

    (R)evolutionary Biology

    So far it has due to plain dumb luck.  But eventually, luck runs out.