Hiroshima and Mass Murder?

Hiroshima After the Bomb, 1945

Hiroshima and Mass Murder?

 “…nothing can be more abhorrent to the Christian man than wholesale slaughter.” Charles Spurgeon

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892):  A Baptist pastor and author from London.

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.—Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower (to Sec. of War before the dropping of the bomb)

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower  (1890-1969): American General and 34th President of the United States.

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. —  Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz (1885-1966) Leading US Navy authority on submarines, playing a major role in WWII.

The atomic bomb had nothing to do with the end of the war at all. —  Major General Curtis LeMay

Major General Curtis LeMay (1906-1990) Planned and implemented effective and controversial strategic bombing campaign in the Pacific Theater of WWII.

The first atomic bomb was an unnecessary experiment … It was a mistake to ever drop it … [the scientists] had this toy and they wanted to try it out, so they dropped it …—  Fleet Admiral William Halsey, Jr

Fleet Admiral William Halsey, Jr (1882-1959) An American Admiral in the Unites States Navy during WWII.

The United States killed 1.2 million innocent Japanese civilians in World War II. World War II was not the “Good War.”

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Jon Kauffman graduated from Goshen College, earning a BA in Religion. Jon attended a Mennonite Church while growing up and currently attends the Salvation Army Church. Jon works as a drafter at TrueNorth Steel, Fargo, ND.

One thought on “Hiroshima and Mass Murder?”

  1. wow!

    Well, of course the quotes you cite here are all news to me. They coincide with suspicious I have long entertained even since high school. I never was quite satisfied with my Grandpa’s rationalizations, but I found them to be fairly solidly held among those from his generation who I ever visited with on such matters. Those bombs “saved our troops” – “countless lives” and so forth.

    My suspicion is that MacArthur was a narcissist. He also liked a fight. He took it personally when he lost some early battles but found in the bomb a way to punctuate his name and that of America (your welcome).

    I never studied this stuff, so I must emphasize this is/was my suspicion. Something to be investigated, not a conclusion. But it’s not my front burner agenda in life to get to the bottom of this, so I never pursued it.

    However, I recall my college history professor emphasizing how Japan intended Pearl Harbor to be considered a DISinvitation to fight – a deterrent. They didn’t bargain for the collective anger America would feel for having picked on our Navy in a port the vast majority of us never heard of before. I mean contrast that with the Twin Towers roughly sixty hears later, an attack on a city and icon we all held dear and caught on video replayed over and over and over again. I have way more sympathy for the second than the first, just based on how hard it is to control bitter feelings.

    I don’t in any way mean to undermine the importance of the loss of life in Pearl Harbor, but if that were the sole measure of justice and anger and war then we would be at a lot more wars – just think of abortion clinics for starts. No. Japan poked a very proud sleeping giant in the eye and didn’t realize they had picked a fight. And it wasn’t finished until we vaporized Japanese men, women, and children in their sleep. THEN our righteous indignation could finally be assuaged.

    And I think very likely MacArthur was happy to ride that pony into the annuls of history.


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