Tag: atomic bomb
Is a Dystopian World Closer Than We Think? Thoughts from Hiroshima

Bestselling dystopian young-adult (YA) literature has inspired some of the biggest films of recent years. Many of these books, including The Hunger Games, the Divergent series, and the more modestly performing Fifth Wave, have been set in the aftermath of global war, geo-political events that bring human societies to near annihilation. While these stories...
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The Rape of Nanking and the U.S. Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Question: In what way do the atrocities committed by soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army in China in 1937-38, especially those included under the rubric of “the Rape of Nanking,” justify the U.S. government’s atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945? Answer: In no way whatsoever. Question: Why then do so many of...
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World War II: An Unspeakable Horror Now Encrusted in Myths

September 1, 1939—exactly seventy years ago today—is customarily considered the day when World War II began, owing to the German invasion of Poland. Of course, some belligerents, most notably the Japanese and the Chinese, had already been at war for years, and others did not join the fray until later. The United States actually began...
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Was Harry Truman a War Criminal? Jon Stewart Says Yes, Then No

Jon Stewart has apologized for calling Harry Truman a war criminal during an interview with Clifford May. For Bill Whittle’s criticism of Stewart’s original statement, which helped to lead to Stewart’s capitulation, see the link at Jane Shaw’s post here Well...was Harry Truman a war criminal? In my view, it is not even a...
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