Bombing Hiroshima prevented a greater human catastrophe

It was a bomb that switched off all the colors and turned everything the gray dust of black and white. It was the fire that came from the darkest nightmares of Shiva the destroyer. It was the end of the gods; it was death after death.

It was more than the 100,000 people killed by a single explosion, more than the geometric science of annihilation. Nothing survived. All living things but also buildings, concrete, and steel were turned into deadly powder that could poison with mortal radiation anything or anybody for years.

And yet unleashing this power was so earth-shattering that the spectacle crushed the resistance of the Japanese, who until then had vowed to all die rather than surrender their homeland, almost holy, to foreign invaders. The power of Shiva, the poison of the anti-God serpent powder, saved the lives of millions Americans, Japanese, and Chinese et cetera who would have perished in a protracted, primitive, hand-to-hand, bloody fully colored fight.

Imperial Japan had to be stopped, as were fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. Japan had started World War II in 1937 by invading China, and it was determined to take over all of Asia and from there the world, in a fashion parallel to that of their comrades in Italy and Germany. If fascism had not been blocked, the world would now be a much uglier place.

Then, those 100,000 martyrs not only saved Japan, they also prevented greater slaughters in the subsequent confrontation between liberal democracies and Stalinist communism. Neither NATO nor Moscow dared to declare a full war in the following four and half decades for fear of seeing again and many times more the ghastly picture of the Nothing of Hiroshima.

The Japanese people who died in Hiroshima or in the battlefields of half of Asia were not victims of the bomb any more than anybody who is shot is a victim of Mr. Colt, the inventor of the revolver. They were victims of a murderous regime that intended to conquer the world and vanquish all those who stood in its way. Yet what the bomb left was a nation more scared than ever.

Squeezed between high, rough mountains and stormy seas, sitting on a land that shudders every now and again, with tsunamis threatening from the oceans and volcanoes erupting from the forests, the Japanese for centuries eked out a living between contrasting and converging fears and risks, pulled and pushed from every side. And those fears were used to create panic and fright in all the Asian countries invaded by very scary Japanese troops.

Hiroshima added a new set of scares: the sky, with bombs, could also kill. Moreover, Japan was now squeezed from two sides: not only the old local superpower, China, to the west, but also the new superpower, America, to the east.

To survive and prosper among so many dangers and anxieties, as Japan had so far, seems a work of magic, perhaps a miracle of the Goddess Amataratsu, who holds the sun to protect Japan and did so 70 years ago by pushing the Japanese generals to admit defeat and surrender.

In fact, if Japan had not surrendered, it might have been invaded by the Russians, who had just steamrolled imperial troops in Manchuria and could have easily landed in Hokkaido thus dividing the country into a communist north loyal to Moscow and a pro-American south, much like what happened to Germany, split between east and west. Moreover, the descent of Soviet troops on China would have bound the Chinese Communist Party closer to Moscow, who possibly would have imposed on China larger territorial concessions to the USSR.

Some Japanese may want to use the horrible massacre of August 6, 1945 in Hiroshima to justify the senseless regime that caused all of that. Still the attempts of those few should not hide the justified concerns and worries of every Japanese for his or her present and future. Then it is also unjust that now some abroad wish to use the horrors committed by past Japanese against contemporary Japanese.

This in the end seems the biggest effect of that bomb: it has put Japan and the rest of the world in a time warp where like in a science fiction novel past, present, and future get confused and manipulated according to differing political agendas. Seventy years should be time enough to set time back in order. Even nuclear radiation after decades decays.

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  • Val Cocora

    conversely, nuking muslim countries, mecca included, will prevent and even greater catastrophe, humanity’s slower death caused by islam’s choke.

  • Maria

    @Francesco Sisci, #1) Except that the US continued to bomb Japan EVEN after the Hiroshima/Nagasaki atomic bombings, and EVEN AFTER Japan had *surrendered*!!:

    #2) Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz: “The Japanese had, in fact, already sued for peace. The atomic bomb played no decisive part, from a purely military point of view, in the defeat of Japan.”

    #3) Dwight D. Eisenhower: “In 1945 Secretary of War Stimson, visiting my headquarters in Germany, informed me that our government was preparing to drop an atomic bomb on Japan. I was one of those who felt that there were a number of cogent reasons to question the wisdom of such an act. During his recitation of the relevant facts, I had been conscious of a feeling of depression and so I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives.”

    #4) The 1946 United States Strategic Bombing Survey: “Nevertheless, it seems clear that, even without the atomic bombing attacks, air supremacy over Japan could have exerted sufficient pressure to bring about unconditional surrender and obviate the need for invasion. Based on a detailed investigation of all the facts, and supported by the testimony of the surviving Japanese leaders involved, it is the Survey’s opinion that certainly prior to 31 December 1945, and in all probability prior to 1 November 1945, Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war, and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated.
    For any Japanese person reading this, saying to themselves “Wow, I didn’t know Americans were so open minded”, well, I’m not American (I just changed my name to avoid discrimination), AND, the truth is that ALMOST every American sees the Atomic bombings of Japan & Nagasaki is the RIGHT thing to do (so no, Americans are not generally open minded about the atrocities associated with the USA).

  • Lion Heart

    1. Main question is:

    Whether killing of civilians to achieve a political goal is justified or

    Well both Osama bin Laden and Truman (US president) killed civilians.

    Osama in WTC and Truman in Hiroshima/Nagasaki..

    2. It is hypocrisy to support Truman’s action while condemning Osama’s action

    I condemn both.

    Francesco Sisci has “carefully” avoided the DELIBERATE killing of CIVILIANS (which should be categorised as terrorism) to achieve a political goal (that is surrender of Japan).

  • Jos Asri

    So you want to exterminate a quarter of the world’s population, you dumb psychopath ?

  • Lion Heart

    Val Cocora is a Zio-Nazi –his granny whinges about Holocaust…so he wishes Holocaust for everyone

  • Indicting

    In almost every discussion about Truman’s immoral decision is an utter inability or unwillingness to recognize a false dichotomy in the argument. The Allies’s insistence that Japan (and Germany) surrender unconditionally – a demand that, if it meant anything, meant the possibility of utter annihilation after surrender – created the justification for atomic and strategic bombing in the Allies while at the same time leaving the Axis powers no incentive to surrender.

    Even before Pearl Harbor, the Japanese offered to withdraw from much (though not all) of China; and as early as 1943, members of the German army and civilian administration made overtures to the Allies in an effort to reach terms of surrender. In every case, Roosevelt and later Truman refused to respond.

    If America had not foolishly and wickedly insisted on unconditional surrender, the Holocaust might well have ended years earlier and Nagasaki might have been better known as the title of a popular song of the era than as the crematory for 60,000 non-combatants. There was a tertium quid, and it was not an invasion of the island.

  • Kenington


    Japan would have surrendered within weeks. China had defeated its army and its navy had been sunk by USA. The Japanese did not had oil supplies nor iron ore for steel.

    The bomb was a test of USA new toy, nothing less!

  • 490a

    What happened to Does spinning hindu-shintoist mythology really qualify as international news analysis these days?

  • ModernChinese

    It was a big mistake for the US to nuclear-nuke Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    Even though these bombs forced the nut-headed Japanese fascists to surrender, they have missed the main target-the culprit of the whole Asian holocaust: Japanese emperor Hirohito.

    Instead, those clueless US pilots should go all the way to Tokyo and smash the head of this poison snake of Japan.

    Then Asia today would be the perpetual peaceful region, free of the constant Japanese genocidal menace, of their nuclear waste that Japanese dump on Pacific Ocean EVERYDAY since the Fukusima nuclear disaster that continue to kill all the Asian people.

    However, all of Japan neighbors should learn a critical lesson from the US mistake: as Japan rearms now to attack its neighbors again, make sure the coming waves of the nuclear-tip missiles from China, Russia, and possible North Korea would rain down in Tokyo, at Kyoto to be exact, in order to smash the head of this poison snake Japan, once and for all.

    Peace for Asia…

  • Mark Norrie

    This was a lie in 1945, and it is also a lie today. The Japanese were trying to surrender, having run out of oil and the Soviet Union had declared war on them. General Leslie Groves has already decided to use the bomb if a working one could be demonstrated. Truman used the bombs to try to frighten Stalin. The use of these weapons (as well as the rest of the US firebombing of Japanese cities) was a class “A” war crime. General Curtis LeMay was at least honest when he stated that; “if we lose the war, I expect to be hanged as a war criminal”. The only country in history to have used vile nuclear weapons on innocent people is the good old USA. Always remember this.

  • Daniel Berg

    1. No big mistake but a criminal act just like carpet bombing of Dresden in Germany,
    2. US never wanted to weaken Japans emperor ,quiet the contrary they saved emperor Hirohito,

  • Daniel Berg

    We can test with you to see if our new bomb can shout your mouth,

  • jo6pac

    New owners? Yes, it has moved to the dark side of propaganda.

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  • Ehross

    The citizens of Hiroshima would have an entirely different perspective on the US use of The Bomb
    But then again looking at the US history “coloured” people were not regarded very highly.

  • Janek

    I presume what you wrote is ‘official opinion of China’ concerning Japan. Indeed, Asia would be very peaceful.Think again and stop dreaming. The communist would kill many more than those unfortunate Chinese and other who died there during the WW2. Try to remember Cambodia and the Cultural Revolution in China itself and this is for starters and only with very limited imagination.

  • Janek

    Why is this constant whining about USA and American so called crimes, atrocities etc.. It looks like Americanism were the aggressors and really the bad guys and those who started WW2 were the nice and loving people who happened to do nothing else but only the good and charitable works in Europe and anywhere else they showed up. Why nobody writes about the crimes of the Germans and Russians during and after WW2. I presume in PC (Politically Correct) ‘circles’ nowadays it is not correct to write about the Germans or the Russians. During WW2 the Germans and the Russians did not exist, but there were only some enigmatic entities, nobody knows from where, like the Nazis and the Communist. PC (polit-correctness) will take you far, very far.

  • MetaCynic

    What a shamelessly misleading article. Doesn’t Sisci have even a rudimentary grasp of the facts pertaining to the end of the war in the Pacific?

    It’s no secret today that the Japanese had been desperately trying to surrender for several months prior to the criminal dropping of the two bombs. The only condition that they demanded in order to do so was for the Americans to leave the emperor untouched, which is what the Americans finally agreed to – after the bombs were dropped.

    The American political class wasn’t satisfied with harmlessly playing with their new toys in the desert. They had to use them on real people.

  • omas bioladen

    Japan and Germany did NOT start the war.
    This is a myths writen into the history books
    by the victors of WWII. Churchill was a bigger
    war criminal tha Hitler and Stalin comibined.

  • George Silversurfer

    Only a matter of time for Sisci to preach the pratical benefits of genocide…as long as it is not his nationality or race.

  • Hineni47

    Are we supposed to believe that because you said so?

  • Groll

    You must be crazy. Please go and have a check.

  • mikerichey

    FRANCESCO SISCI, the only thing I CAN conclude from this article is how you re a complete, utter, without hope, a$$hole, have a nice day, its a free world and even a$$holes have a right to live

  • mijikai

    “The only country in history to have used vile nuclear weapons on innocent people is the good old USA. Always remember this.”

    And you always remember that you’re a pampered twink who wasn’t there, never witnessed what these “innocent” people had done to anyone who opposed them and you weren’t subject to being sent in landing crafts to the home islands with a million other casualties-to-be.

    That invasion was going to happen regardless of whichever timorous and tiny factions of Dai Nippon were furtively contacting the West.

  • ModernChinese

    How many Native Americans have been slaughtered by the White Devils so far in North Americas alone? 50 millions! That is 50,000,000 poor souls!

    If each Native American has the average body height of 1.5m, and their dead bodies are put head next to toe, around the earth, the line of these human bodies would wrap around the earth equator 1.8 times. That is the REAL genocidal crime against humanity by the Western White Devils!

    The Japanese fascists have done the worst genocide in Asia: during the WWII, they murdered Asians in the most brutal medieval ways: chop the heads off the forced-o-kneel-down civilians, cut open the pregnant women, throw babies up in air to fall on bayonets, gang-rape every female aged from 5 month old to 90 years old…

    In China alone, they murdered up to 35,000,000 peaceful Chinese, about 10% of the China’s population of the time, and NEVER sincerely atone to their crimes against humanity, even TODAY!

    You have shown yourselves the shameless criminal accomplice of these Japanese evils here. You will reap the inevitable KARMA in hell that Buddha will throw at you and your family.

  • omas bioladen

    Not necessarily. But you not seem to be interested in evidence, facts, sources and proof but only project my statemant onto my person whichyou wont know anyways. I think you are rather uncultered lower class.

  • omas bioladen

    You are not interstd in confesions either.

  • Chris

    I am ethnically Chinese. My country suffered terribly when Japan invaded. Hirihito’s Imperial army was terribly brutal murdering civilians just to instil terror. Even so I do not condone the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was a terrible thing to do killing more than one hundred thousand and sixty thousand civilians with no possibilty of escape. Francesco Sisci should not write such an article. He is re-opening the Nuclear Holocaust. Why is he disturbing the souls of this terrible event. Francesco please let their souls Rest In Peace.

  • Hineni47

    “But you not seem to be interested in evidence,…”

    My statement is plausibly parsed as a request for evidence.

    ” I think you are rather uncultered lower class.”

    I think you either are uninterested in proofreading your own writing or you are uninterested in grammar and spelling.

  • Jack Temujin

    Agreed. Using US soldiers as guinea pigs in a Nevada desert wasn’t enough.

  • Jack Temujin

    Correction: Mossad and CIA in WTC, not Osama.

  • Kenington

    USA also conducted experiments on its own civilian population in the 1950s, releasing radioactive dusts over ghettoes. Just do a search!