Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Was Hiroshima Necessary?

Why the Atomic Bombings Could Have Been Avoided
by Mark Weber

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“America's leaders understood Japan's desperate position: the Japanese were willing to end the war on any terms, as long as the Emperor was not molested. If the US leadership had not insisted on unconditional surrender -- that is, if they had made clear a willingness to permit the Emperor to remain in place -- the Japanese very likely would have surrendered immediately, thus saving many thousands of lives. ... General Curtis LeMay, who had pioneered precision bombing of Germany and Japan (and who later headed the Strategic Air Command and served as Air Force chief of staff), put it most succinctly: "The atomic bomb had nothing to do with the end of the war."

You may well be asking yourself why is Hutch featuring a historical slant on the first use of the Atomic Bomb. Please do let me explain.

Utilizing a reading method taught to me by Father, read the last few sections and paragraphs of this essay first. This way you know exactly how the article comes to conclusion.

I have been writing about the Military-Industrial Complex and how strong its grip is on the U.S. Economy. Having stated that Dwight Eisenhower warned us about this very outcome, I can now offer more insight, and perhaps proof, that he did have dire misgivings on this subject even prior to becoming President. I was not aware, however, that other notable leaders of our Nation also shared Eisenhower’s trepidations.

At a time when our Country is at the edge of an “economic” abyss, reigning in the gluttony that is our Defense spending seems like an opportunity we should not pass up. The corporate stranglehold on our Body Politic needs to be broken, and Defense spending is as good a place to start as any. Mind you, I am not targeting Defense spending exclusively. Absolutely every Government Program and Agency needs to be highly scrutinized and audited in order to bring our National spending in line with our National revenue. Do I hear a Constitutional Amendment in our future? Why not Legislate the Federal Government to do what most of us strive for?

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