"We heard a hum and saw a little airplane in the sky to the southeast Then suddenly a thing like a white parachute came falling. Five or six seconds later everything turned yellow in one instant. It felt the way it does when you get the sun-light in your eye. A second or two later, CRASH! There was a tremendous noise. Everything became dark and stones and roof tiles came pouring down on our heads. For a while I was unconscious. A whole lot of lumber came piling around my hips I came to again with the pain. I quickly crawled outside. There were lots of people lying around out there; the faces of most of them were charred
"A muddy rain began to fall when the rain stopped it suddenly got cold I got terribly thirsty so I went back to the river to drink. From upstream a great many black and burned corpses came floating down the river At the margin of the river there were corpses lying all over the place. Among them were some children who were screaming, `Mother! Mother!’ There were also some people who came tottering to the edge of the river and fell in and died just like that "
That morning, the
Three days later, at 11:02 a.m., a
Wilfred Burchett was the first Western journalist to enter
"In 1945 I was too overwhelmed by the enormity of what had happened at
As I learned of the experiences of journalistic contemporaries and Japanese survivors, I was forced to recognize the existence of an official policy to suppress accurate reportage of the terrible after-effects of nuclear war. This cover-up–which continues today–is closely related to other attempts to disguise the reasons why President Truman decided to drop two atomic bombs on an already prostrated and defeated
"The fourth reason for incomplete data on A-bomb damage derives from the restrictions imposed by the Allied Occupation of Japan On 19 September , a press code was adopted that imposed prior censorship on all radio broadcasts and on newspapers, magazines, and other print media. As a result, all reports, commentaries, and treatises dealing with A-bomb damages, including even those about medical treatment of A-bomb-related symptoms, were prohibited. Except for a brief time before the press code was imposed, all accounts of A-bomb damages disappeared from newspapers, magazines and academic journals "
According to A People’s History Of The United States by Howard Zinn, in addition to the 100,000 Japanese civilians who died immediately and the "tens of thousands more" who died more slowly from radiation poisoning, "twelve U.S. navy fliers in the Hiroshima city jail" were also killed in the atomic bombing–although "the U.S. government has never officially acknowledged" this fact. Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The Physical, Medical, and Social Effects of the Atomic Bombings also noted:
"As many as 3,200 second-generation Japanese-Americans were reportedly in
A People’s History Of The United States also observed that at the time the A-bombs were used "it was known the Japanese had instructed their ambassador in Moscow to work on peace negotiations with the Allies"; and that A World Destroyed by Martin Sherwin asserted that after a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki "among the Nagasaki dead were probably American prisoners of war." According to Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The Physical, Medical and Social Effects of the Atomic Bombings, "the total deaths following exposure to the bomb by the end of 1945 totalled 140,000 ( plus or minus 10,000) in Hiroshima and 70,000 (plus or minus 10,000) in Nagasaki."
Legends, Lies and Cherished Myths Of American History by Richard Shenkman also stated:
"In 1946 the United States Strategic Bombing Survey, after an exhaustive survey, found that
`in all probability prior to
“One of the worst atrocities in history”
Fleet Admiral William Leahy was the chief of staff to President Truman when Truman learned that the White House order to drop an atomic bomb on the people of
"This message told him that the Army Air Force had dropped an atom bomb on
"Truman was excited over the news. He shook Captain Graham’s hand and said, according to those present, `This is the greatest thing in history!’"
In the same book, Admiral Leahy explained why he felt it was morally wrong for the
"It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at
" `Bomb’ is the wrong word to use for this new weapon. It is not a bomb. It is not an explosive. It is a poisonous thing that kills people by its deadly radioactive reaction, more than by the explosive force it develops.
" My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarian of the Dark Ages "
In 1995, Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich ordered the Smithsonian Institution to cancel a museum exhibit of the Enola Gray B-29 bomber that nuked
" Without any semblance of a democratic decision–without even advance notice of what was taking place–the American people waked up one morning to discover that the United States government had committed one of the worst atrocities in history.
"The atomic bombs were exploded on congested cities filled with civilians. There was not even the slightest military justification, because the military outcome of the war had been decided months earlier "
Since nuclear weapons of mass destruction were first used by the
Yet 60 years after the immoral bombing of
Bob Feldman is an East Coast-based