The 6th of August, 1945, is a day on which a monstrous war crime changed the way the world conducts diplomacy and war. Simultaneously, and more importantly, it changed the lives of all people in the world, ushering in the age of nuclear weapons, an era of terror. Entire cities and nations, if not the whole world, can now be destroyed at the push of a button.
History is now changing with the little by little release of documents. Objective analysis of logistic, political and military capabilities finds that the Second World War basically ended three months before the atomic bombings of Japan, the only thing that was left was the pride of the Japanese who sought a fair peace treaty, instead of unconditional surrender. The US government had planned the landing of a massive American force into the region, which logistically would’ve forced the Japanese people into the unconditional surrender that the Allies sought. The landing wouldn’t even have been necessary, as according to American generals at the time, the American blockade of the island would’ve starved them into surrendering on any terms.
In one of the first acts of the Cold War, the Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin declared war on Japan. The American president, Harry Truman, despite criticism from even the manufacturers of the bomb, in response decided to send the USSR a message, so on August 6th, 1945 came the first of two atomic bombings on civilian cities. The U.S. bomber “Enola Gay”, flew over Hiroshima and unleashed the first nuclear bombing in history, the so-called “Little Boy”, at 8:15 that morning.
The “boy” was not so small in reality, as it weighed 4.4 tons and had a length of 3 meters. Inside it held a quantity of enriched uranium capable of causing a blast radius equal to 16 kilotons of TNT explosive. Immediately, 80,000 people were obliterated in the blink of an eye, a figure that rose to 140,000 by the end of the year. Two thirds of the city were flattened, while even today the residents of Japan must suffer the lingering effects of nuclear radiation. The blood lust was not quenched yet, only three days later, on August 9th, 1945, a similar bomb destroyed the city of Nagasaki, where 73,884 people died and 74,909 were seriously wounded.
For reasons difficult to understand, ethically, hundreds of thousands of innocent people, many of them children, were turned into shadows or burned alive. Today the “Trade Fair District Of Hiroshima” is the only building that survived this ghastly attack, to remind the world the eerie crime that occurred that day.
Hundreds of thousands of civilians were forced to pay the price of the scramble by the “Allies” to divide the whole world into 2 spheres in what later became known as the Cold War. Now the world must live in terror that nuclear havoc can occur any time.
For such an atrocious and excessive crime, no one was ever convicted under existing international laws and conventions of war, only those who lost the war were of concern. A nuclear test against a civilian population is not worthy of being called war, yet critics only sought verbal confrontation, never true justice for these crimes.