Thursday, August 9, 2012
Nagasaki: Atomic Bomb Redux
As in the case of the Hiroshima bombing, most in the U.S. media, taking directions from the White House and military, would refer to Nagasaki as a "naval base," not a large city. In fact, hardly any Japanese military personnel would die in the Nagasaki blast. When they heard the news about Nagasaki, scientists at Los Alamos who helped create the device--and felt conflicted about he Hiroshima bombing--used the words "nausea" and "sickening" to describe their reaction to the fully unnecesary war crime that was Nagasaki.
On this same day, August 9, the NYT dismissed claims now emerging from Japan of shocking and strange after-effects of the bomb (that is, radiation disease) as simply "propaganda points" aimed at preventing the use of any more new super-weapons.