The United States was once a Christian nation, a “City upon a Hill.” Approximately 300 years after Christians undertook “for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith” a journey on the Mayflower, the United States became an evil, anti-Christian Empire.
No clearer evidence of this apostasy could be offered than the dropping of an Atomic Bomb on this day, August 6, 1945 on Hiroshima, Japan.
Many people criticized Truman for dropping the Bomb when Japan had already indicated a willingness to surrender. Truman demanded Japan’s unconditional surrender because he knew Japan would only surrender on the condition that the Emperor be allowed to continue on the throne. Truman wanted to impress Russia with the powerful new Bomb. After the bombing, and after all Truman’s demands for unconditional surrender, Emperor Hirohito was allowed to remain on the throne, where he stayed until his death in 1989.
On September 9, 1945, Admiral William F. Halsey, commander of the Third Fleet, was publicly quoted extensively as stating that the atomic bomb was used because the scientists had a “toy and they wanted to try it out . . . .” He further stated, “The first atomic bomb was an unnecessary experiment . . . . It was a mistake to ever drop it.” Albert Einstein, one of the world’s foremost scientists, who was also an important person connected with the development of the atomic bomb, responded and his words were headlined in The New York Times “Einstein Deplores Use of Atom Bomb.” The story reported that Einstein stated that “A great majority of scientists were opposed to the sudden employment of the atom bomb.” In Einstein’s judgment, the dropping of the bomb was a political-diplomatic decision rather than a military or scientific decision.
Probably the person closest to Truman, from the military standpoint, was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral William Leahy, and there was much talk that he also deplored the use of the bomb and had strongly advised Truman not to use it, but advised rather to revise the unconditional surrender policy so that the Japanese could surrender and keep the Emperor.
Leahy’s secretary, Dorothy Ringquist, reported that Leahy told her on the day the Hiroshima bomb was dropped, “Dorothy, we will regret this day. The United States will suffer, for war is not to be waged on women and children.” Another important naval voice, the commander in chief of the U.S. Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations, Ernest J. King, stated that the naval blockade and prior bombing of Japan in March of 1945, had rendered the Japanese helpless and that the use of the atomic bomb was both unnecessary and immoral. Also, the opinion of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz was reported to have said in a press conference on September 22, 1945, that “The Admiral took the opportunity of adding his voice to those insisting that Japan had been defeated before the atomic bombing and Russia’s entry into the war.”
In a subsequent speech at the Washington Monument on October 5, 1945, Admiral Nimitz stated “The Japanese had, in fact, already sued for peace before the atomic age was announced to the world with the destruction of Hiroshima and before the Russian entry into the war.” It was learned also that on or about July 20, 1945, General Eisenhower had urged Truman, in a personal visit, not to use the atomic bomb. Eisenhower’s assessment was “It wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing . . . to use the atomic bomb, to kill and terrorize civilians, without even attempting [negotiations], was a double crime.” Eisenhower also stated that it wasn’t necessary for Truman to “succumb” to his closest advisers.
It was these advisors who feared their reputation in history would be tarnished by the condemnation of the bombing by so many respected people. The idea that thousands, tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of U.S. soldiers would have been lost without the bombing was a deliberate deception foisted on Americans beginning in 1947 by those who pulled Truman’s strings. The mainstream media have repeated this myth every year since then.
h/t John V. Denson