Dropping the atomic bombs on Japan were acts of race hatred against "Japs." They were heinous war crimes; unwarranted and premeditated mass murder on a populace that was 95% civilian — of course the vast majority were women and children. The bombs were completely unnecessary to bring about a Japanese surrender and then US President Harry S. Truman knew it. The atomic bombs did not save one million lives.
US President Harry S. Truman also knew that the emperor of Japan had accepted the terms of an unconditional surrender 19 days before the first atomic bomb was dropped. Truman and his staff were cognizant and fully aware that the Japanese wanted to surrender; Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin knew it; and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his staff knew it also. They all knew, yet they chose to ignore the Japanese emperor’s official request to accept a Japanese surrender.
Here’s the undeniable proof from Truman’s own hand. Consider:
On July 26, 1945, the Proclamation Defining Terms for Japanese Surrender otherwise known as the Potsdam Declaration was issued. Article 13 of that declaration plainly states:
We call upon the government of Japan to proclaim now the unconditional surrender of all Japanese armed forces, and to provide proper and adequate assurances of their good faith in such action. The alternative for Japan is prompt and utter destruction.
This declaration was passed on through public as well as private channels and was well known to the government of Japan. The allies had issued a similar ultimatum to Nazi Germany at the end of the Casablanca Conference in 1943 and reconfirmed it at Yalta in 1945. There wasn’t a government in the world who didn’t understand the stated purpose of the Allies.
On July 18, 1945, exactly 19 days before the first atomic bomb was dropped on Japan, in his own handwritten diary, Harry S. Truman wrote:
This proves beyond a shadow of doubt that Truman knew the Japanese emperor had accepted the terms for unconditional surrender three weeks before the atomic bomb was dropped. The term "Japs" was, of course, a racial slur against the Japanese in the 1940’s as much as it is today.
On top of that, further evidence shows that President Truman, along with his top advisers, had all agreed that Japan was trying to surrender at least three days before the first atomic bomb was dropped but feared that Japan might surrender to the Russians. Proof of this can be found in the diary of Walter Brown, assistant to Secretary of State James F. Byrnes. In his entry of August 3, 1945 it is written that the President, Byrnes, and Admiral William D. Leahy, Chief of Staff to the President:
“agrred [sic] Japas [sic] looking for peace. (Leahy had another report from Pacific) President afraid they will sue for peace through Russia instead of some country like Sweden.” (See p. 415, Chapter 33)
Further proof that Truman ordered the atomic bombings of Japan not for the stated reason of bringing about a Japanese surrender and saving one million American lives, but to frighten the Soviets out of Eastern Europe, and to keep them from expanding influence in Asia, comes from Manhattan Project scientist Leo Szilard. Szilard met with US Secretary of State James Byrnes on May 28, 1945. Byrnes was Truman’s most trusted advisor and the only cabinet member who was present at Yalta. Szilard recalled what Byrne’s thinking was:
“[Byrnes] was concerned about Russia’s postwar behavior. Russian troops had moved into Hungary and Rumania, and Byrnes thought it would be very difficult to persuade Russia to withdraw her troops from these countries, that Russia might be more manageable if impressed by American military might, and that a demonstration of the bomb might impress Russia.” — (Leo Szilard: His Version of the Facts, pg. 184).
The Japanese knew what the terms for surrender were and the emperor of Japan personally had sent a telegram asking to surrender. Nevertheless, knowing fully well that the Japanese had accepted those terms of unconditional surrender and knowing that an invasion of Japan was not necessary to bring about the end of the war, the United States became the very first nation in the history of the world to use an atomic weapon of genocide and mass destruction on a civilian city.
Truman and his advisors wanted to scare the Russians. The USA had an atomic bomb and wanted to use it. Who better to use it on than inferior "Japs"? Who better to test a weapon on than people who were not white and who were considered savages? Who could possibly think that race hatred by Americans did not play a huge part in this crime?
Considering the above, how could any intelligent, self-respecting American ever believe the risible excuse that because the Japanese refused to surrender, the USA was forced to drop not one, but two atomic bombs on them to force them into quitting the war saving one million lives? That’s an out-and-out lie.
Harry S. Truman, without a shadow of doubt, by your own admission, and that of your closest advisors, you are guilty of pre-meditated serial killings and mass murder in the first degree.
Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers [send him mail] was born and raised in the USA and moved to Japan in 1984. He is the president of a mass-media production company and also runs a talent agency in Japan. His first book, Schizophrenic in Japan, is now on sale.