Video: Untold History Of Imperial Japan & The Bomb

Abby Martin interviews Dr. Peter Kuznick, co-author with Director Oliver Stone of the bestselling book and HBO series "The Untold History of the United States,” about the real story behind the use of the atomic bombs.
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    Obama’s high-profile trip to Hiroshima was accompanied by a media storm that gave endless justifications for the US use of the atomic bomb on Japanese civilians. The myths are widely accepted in society, and underpin the notion of American exceptionalism. Abby Martin interviews Dr. Peter Kuznick, co-author with Director Oliver Stone of the bestselling book and HBO series “The Untold History of the United States,” about the real story behind the use of the atomic bombs—as well as the untold history of Imperial Japan, its role today for the US Empire, and the danger for new war on the horizon.

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    • tapatio

      The reality is that Japan had formally requested terms for surrender from the US TWO WEEKS before the first atomic bomb was dropped on Japan.
      Franklin Roosevelt had determined NOT to use atomic bombs in the war. After his death, Truman was convinced to use the bomb by Edward Teller (portrayed by Dr Strangelove) and others who wished to establish American hegemony by terrorizing the world with this new weapon.

    • James Wherry

      The only “danger” for a new war is China’s own encroaching imperialism and North Korea’s endless nuclear saber rattling. This is the basis for President Obama’s “Pivot toward the Pacific.” When China stops trying to steal the Spratly Islands and cut off the claims of the Philippines, Vietnam and other nations, I’ll be relieved that war has been averted.

      As to WWII, if this is the same documentary, yes, it is the same one, I was very interested in seeing the discussion that went into target selection. I’ve long since ballyhooed the foolish bombing of Hiroshima or Nagasaki that had NO lawful, military targets of any worth, whatsoever, but I did not realize that other targets were considered:

      1. Detonation in Tokoy Bay – would not cause any significant deaths.

      2. Detonation at an actual Japanese military base – would not cause “enough deaths.”

      No: American officials decided that “Japanese had to die,” and in large enough numbers that it would make hit home the point to the Japanese that, if we had to fight to the last man, there would be 75 million fewer Japanese in this world. In the end, we chose two civilian targets. These were, in my judgment, acts of terrorism to terrify the Japanese people and their government and they were war crimes.

      I would have supported bombing Tokyo – which had hundreds of lawful military targets – or a Japanese military base. It is “alternate history” to guess whether that would have had the effect necessary, but I remain convinced it would. My proposal might have caused greater numbers of deaths, but at least it would have followed the international law of armed conflict as it existed, at that time. I prefer we unilaterally eliminate all nuclear weapons.

      • tapatio

        Little James Wherry is a former US Army major who has purchased a mail-order Filipino boy as his “husband”. Wherry is also the Judeo-Naz!s’ resident hasbara (propaganda) troll on Mint Press. The job of Wherry is to vomit hatred against anyone who opposes the empire run by his Jewish masters and enforced by the puppet thugs in Washington. Below is the reality of the world’s greatest nuclear threat – the Judeo-Naz! state of IsraHELL……………….

        “Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.”
        Moshe Dayan

        Rabid dogs are destroyed for the good of humanity. They are capable of NOTHING, except spreading their disease.

        Martin Van Creveld, a professor of military history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has been quoted as saying: “Most European capitals are targets for our air force….We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under.”

        Israeli official justified Israel’s threats. “You Americans screwed us” in not supporting Israel in its 1956 war with Egypt. We can still remember the smell of Auschwitz and Treblinka. Next time we’ll take all of you with us.”

        Ariel Sharon said “We are much more important than Americans think. We can take the middle east with us whenever we go” and “Arabs may have the oil, but we have the matches.”

        Israeli President,Shimon Peres has admitted that nuclear weapons are used by Israel for “compellent purposes” – i.e., forcing others to accept Israeli political demands. In 1998 Peres was quoted as saying, “We have built a nuclear option, not in order to have a Hiroshima, but to have our own Oslo.” (BLACKMAIL)

        Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, said “If left to its own Israel will have no choice but to fall back on a riskier defense which will endanger itself and the world at large… To enable Israel to abstain from dependence on nuclear arms calls for $2 to 3 billion per year in U.S. aid.” (Clear Blackmail)

        The state of Israel has violated every treaty they have signed. Today they are the world’s most prolific violator of international law. According to the Pentagon, Israel has between 200 and 400 nuclear weapons, ranging from suitcase-size “terrorist” bombs to thermonuclear warheads. Israel also has deployed the “Jericho III” intercontinental ballistic missile system, capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the Central United States. They also have submarines capable of launching nuclear armed missiles anywhere in the world. (one must wonder why such a tiny, insignificant state should feel the need for such weapons).

      • GALT

        Hi, my continuing “willfully ignorant, functional illiterate.”

        Are you capable of actually paying attention to the extent required to
        grasp the the “relevant points, evidence and conclusions” of articles
        offered here and then producing a relevant response in your comment?

        On March 9th, the U.S. fire bombed Tokyo, killing between 80K and
        130k of the “enemy”.

        The use of the BOMB had nothing to do with Japan, and everything
        to do with Russia. Ketchup!!!!!*

        *Big Tomato stomping little tomato for lagging behind!

        Your insect specialization is as a “bar certified attorney”, which
        means you are as “ignorant” about your own profession and it’s
        oppression of the people at the hands of “government”, as you are
        in every other “subject” on which you deign to comment.

        Why don’t you FIND those common “law and equity” courts you claim
        exist or explain why if ” no state can coin money or make ANYTHING
        a tender in payment of debt except gold and silver coin “, no STATE,
        nor anyone else, seems to CARE?

        How can I a U.S. citizen pay any tax, fee or fine demanded by any state,
        without violating the “supreme law of the land”. Can I be compelled to
        do this? By what mechanism? How can the “clear meaning” of the
        “supreme law of the land” be altered without following the “procedures”
        required to do so?

        I have already cited you as a whxxx….just how much of one has yet to
        be determined.

        Help us out here.

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    • GALT

      Good stuff Abby, but Pearl Harbor gave ”
      FDR the excuse, not Truman.
      You are still the best……but my services are available to
      avoid what should have been “caught” by your team.

      • Alicardavis4