By David Swanson
[Note from Come Home America Director Kevin Zeese: Happy Hiroshima Day! The U.S. makes its presidents heroes no matter what they do. Killing hundreds of thousands of Japanese made Truman a hero to many. Historians now see the use of nuclear weapons was not necessary to end WW II. The U.S. remains the only country that has used nuclear weapons and has the largest stockpile, which Obama is spending record amounts to upgrade so they can be used again.]
On August 6, 1945, President Harry S Truman announced: “Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima, an important Japanese Army base. That bomb had more power than 20,000 tons of T.N.T. It had more than two thousand times the blast power of the British ‘Grand Slam’ which is the largest bomb ever yet used in the history of warfare.”
When Truman lied to America that Hiroshima was a military base rather than a city full of civilians, people no doubt wanted to believe him. Who would want the shame of belonging to the nation that commits a whole new kind of atrocity? (Will naming lower Manhattan “ground zero” erase the guilt?) And when we learned the truth, we wanted and still want desperately to believe that war is peace, that violence is salvation, that our government dropped nuclear bombs in order to save lives, or at least to save American lives.