Saturday, August 6, 2011

Lest We Forget!

World War 2 brought to the eyes of mankind many man made horrors.  The Concentration Camps and Gas Chambers of Auschwitz, Treblinka, Sobibor, and others.  Mass murder on an industrial scale by a nation gone berserk.  For this we cry:  "NEVER AGAIN!"  The victims of the Nazi holocaust were innocent men, women and children.  Their only "crime" was being born to the "wrong" religion or race.

The world wants us to forget, but we will not let them.

There was another man made horror to occur during World War 2.  Many of the victims were civilians, but the government that they believed in was not innocent of horrors itself.  The infamous Unit 731 performed experiments on human subjects that went further than the horrors Dr. Mengele did at Auschwitz.  From the gassing of civilian populations in China and other occupied countries, the systematic raping of the female population of the occupied countries, the use of slave labor, the mistreatment of Allied POW's (A direct violation of the Geneva Conventions of War.), and the systematic (but not industrial) mass murder of millions of Chinese, Indonesians, Philippians, and Indigenous Peoples of  many lands and island.  Yet on this day the people of Japan cry that they are victims of the worst horror in the world.

On this day 66 years ago, a weapon equaling 12.5 KT of TNT exploded 1,968 feet over the Shima Hospital in Hiroshima, Japan.  66,000 people were killed instantly with 69,000 people injured to various degrees.  By the end of the year between 100,000 and 200,000 had been killed by this one weapon.  (The firebombing of Tokyo on March 9-10, 1945 killed 100,000 people in one night.)

Rumors abound that Japan was in the process of developing their own Nuclear bomb.  It was not impossible for them to develop such a weapon at the time.  Japan had a few noted physicists and was an ally of Nazi Germany who did try to transport Uranium to Japan at least one time.
From Wikipedia:

In 1946 the Atlanta Constitution published a story by reporter David Snell, who had been an investigator with the 24th Criminal Investigation Detachment in Korea after the war, which alleged that the Japanese had successfully tested a nuclear weapon near Konan before being captured by the Russians. He claimed that he had received his information from a Japanese officer who had been in charge of counter-intelligence at Konan. Though no credence was placed in the story by SCAP officials, it was nonetheless thought necessary to get comments from Japanese scientists who would or should have known about such a project. Bunsaku Arakatsu called the article "false and fantastic" as he was personally acquainted with the few people capable of such a project, and said that Japan's nuclear research had never progressed beyond the laboratory stage, nor had any thought been given to the construction of a pilot plant for the production of nuclear material. Further doubt is cast on Snell's story by the lack of evidence of large numbers of Japanese scientists leaving Japan for Korea and never returning. Snell's claims were repeated by Robert K. Wilcox in his 1985 book Japan's Secret War: Japan's Race Against Time to Build Its Own Atomic Bomb. The book also included what Wilcox stated was new evidence from intelligence material which indicated the Japanese might have had an atomic program at Konan. These specific claims were dismissed in a review of the book by Department of Energy employee Roger M. Anders which was published in the journal Military Affairs, an article written by two historians of science in the journal Isis and another article in the journal "Intelligence and National Security".
If true the only things that prevented a nuclear holocaust over an American city or Pearl Harbor was the lack of a transportation device and time. Japan surrendered before the Japanese Navy could have gotten any device to the intended target.  We bit the bullet that time.

We will not be so lucky in the future.  Pakistan has developed Nuclear Weapons.  In fact they have already helped North Korea develop their own bombs and are eagerly helping Iran in the development of their Nuclear bombs.  Iran who will use such a bomb first on Israel, then on Europe and finally on the United States.  Instead of stopping Iran, President Barack Hussein Obama has encouraged them.  His policy of appeasement is putting the Free World at risk while he tries to placate the Muslim World.  A policy based on nothing more than President Obama's feelings and not on facts.

When people bring up the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remind them of the horrors of Unit 731, the Rape of Nanking, and Pearl Harbor.

If there had been no attack on Pearl Harbor, there would have been no Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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