The Real Reasons We Dropped Atom Bombs on Japan

bombing japanBy David Redick

Due to the recent 70th anniversary of dropping two atom bombs on Japan, there has been a lot of discussion about why we did it. American ‘Patriots’ claim it was necessary to ‘save lives’ by avoiding an invasion of Japan. This is the standard false pitch from our self-serving ‘leaders’ in DC. I offer the info below as adequate proof that we did it for other less noble reasons. Key issues are numbered below.

1) It all started with FDR’s concern that Germany might beat England and France, and emerge as a world power, and thus be close to, or stronger than, the USA. Thus, he wanted to get into WW2 and be a winner. This was part of maintaining and growing ‘Empire-USA’. It’s an old story in history that leaders use lies to start or join wars for economic and political reasons (empire), not defense. See our record in my article “13 Lies: An Abbreviated History of U.S. Presidents Leading Us to War.”

To create an ‘incident’ to justify going to war, FDR poked Japan for years (ended scrap metal shipments to them, etc. ) until the Japanese military demanded the Emperor allow a strike on the United States. FDR didn’t know whether it would be the Aleutians or HI, as long as it gave him a reason to start war. The US intercepted the Japanese code and knew when they were coming to Pearl Harbor, but withheld it from US commanders in the Pacific so they could not prepare and minimize the damage. See book Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor. May 8, 2001; by Robert Stinnett.

2a) Amazon info on Stinnett’s book is:

It was not long after the first Japanese bombs fell on the American naval ships at Pearl Harbor that conspiracy theories began to circulate, charging that Franklin Roosevelt and his chief military advisors knew of the impending attack well in advance. Robert Stinnett, who served in the U.S. Navy with distinction during World War II, examines recently declassified American documents and concludes that, far more than merely knowing of the Japanese plan to bomb Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt deliberately steered Japan into war with America.

Stinnett’s argument draws on both circumstantial evidence–the fact, for example, that in September 1940 Roosevelt signed into law a measure providing for a two-ocean navy that would number 100 aircraft carriers–and, more importantly, on American governmental documents that offer apparently incontrovertible proof that Roosevelt knowingly sacrificed American lives in order to enter the war on the side of England. Although obviously troubled by his discovery of a systematic plan of deception on the part of the American government, Stinnett does not take deep issue with its outcome. Roosevelt, he writes, faced powerful opposition from isolationist forces, and, against them, the Pearl Harbor attack was “something that had to be endured in order to stop a greater evil–the Nazi invaders in Europe who had begun the Holocaust and were poised to invade England.” Sure to excite discussion, Stinnett’s book offers what may be the final word on the terrible matter of Pearl Harbor.

2b) More comments on the Stinnett book from Publishers Weekly:

Historians have long debated whether President Roosevelt had advance knowledge of Japan’s December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. Using documents pried loose through the Freedom of Information Act during 17 years of research, Stinnett provides overwhelming evidence that FDR and his top advisers knew that Japanese warships were heading toward Hawaii. The heart of his argument is even more inflammatory: Stinnett argues that FDR, who desired to sway public opinion in support of U.S. entry into WWII, instigated a policy intended to provoke a Japanese attack. The plan was outlined in a U.S. Naval Intelligence secret strategy memo of October 1940; Roosevelt immediately began implementing its eight steps (which included deploying U.S. warships in Japanese territorial waters and imposing a total embargo intended to strangle Japan’s economy), all of which, according to Stinnett, climaxed in the Japanese attack. Stinnett, a decorated naval veteran of WWII who served under then Lt. George Bush, substantiates his charges with a wealth of persuasive documents, including many government and military memos and transcripts. Demolishing the myth that the Japanese fleet maintained strict radio silence, he shows that several Japanese naval broadcasts, intercepted by American cryptographers in the 10 days before December 7, confirmed that Japan intended to start the war at Pearl Harbor. Stinnett convincingly demonstrates that the U.S. top brass in Hawaii–Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Husband Kimmel and Lt. Gen. Walter Short–were kept out of the intelligence loop on orders from Washington and were then scapegoated for allegedly failing to anticipate the Japanese attack (in May 1999, the U.S. Senate cleared their names). Kimmel moved his fleet into the North Pacific, actively searching for the suspected Japanese staging area, but naval headquarters ordered him to turn back. Stinnett’s meticulously researched book raises deeply troubling ethical issues. While he believes the deceit built into FDR’s strategy was heinous, he nevertheless writes: “I sympathize with the agonizing dilemma faced by President Roosevelt. He was forced to find circuitous means to persuade an isolationist America to join in a fight for freedom.” This, however, is an expression of understanding, not of absolution. If Stinnett is right, FDR has a lot to answer for–namely, the lives of those Americans who perished at Pearl Harbor. Stinnett establishes almost beyond question that the U.S. Navy could have at least anticipated the attack. The evidence that FDR himself deliberately provoked the attack is circumstantial, but convincing enough to make Stinnett’s bombshell of a book the subject of impassioned debate in the months to come. ( Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. )

3) FDR and other key officials in DC were purposely ‘unavailable’ (golf, etc.) when the U.S. Hawaiian commander called DC to ask for orders because he knew the Japanese attack was underway. Thus we were unprepared (no planes in the air, battleships at sea, etc.) and our bases, planes, and ships were ‘sitting ducks’, causing more damage and death.

I say the above facts should profoundly alter our understanding of Pearl Harbor, one of the most significant events in American history. Read more here.  Plus, there are other books showing FDR wanted the attack. Some compare 9/11 as a similar event.

4) Dropping the atom bomb on Japan was also justified with lies from DC. Key issues are;

4a) The war was over (because of our fire-bombing, their lack of food and war materials, etc.) except the Japanese wanted to keep Hirohito as emperor as a ‘condition’ of surrender. We refused, but it ended up this way even after the bombs.

4b) We wanted to drop a bomb on a real city (not just a Pacific island or in New Mexico) to see what happened to the people and structures. Thus, it was an EVIL engineering test!! It also showed the world what we had!

4c) We wanted to scare Russia with our new bomb so they wouldn’t enter Japan from the North, and prevent us from occupying ALL of Japan.

Conclusion: I consider part 4 above as the ‘true’ tragic and immoral reasons we dropped the atom bombs! As discussed in part 1 above, it requires a good dose of cynicism to figure-out what government leaders are planning. A better approach is to stop our costly and immoral wars and occupations for building and maintaining Empire-USA. ALL empires fail, and we are now in the failure phase of ours. Refer to my article “The Phases of an Empire”. Let’s not glorify our illegal and immoral wars for empire. Neocons, ‘big government’ conservatives, and Obama-types like to describe our foreign ventures as ‘saving the world from chaos’, and fulfilling our role as an ‘exceptional’ nation.

I suggest we invoke a non-interventionist foreign policy, with a strong homeland defense, and sound money using the gold standard (this ends creation of money ‘out of thin air’; wars are expensive). This is certain to provide more Liberty, Peace, and Prosperity to the USA and other nations. The politicians who lose money and power under this plan can seek honest work elsewhere!

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Dave Redick is a businessman, engineer, economist, and author of books and essays aimed at bringing more Liberty, Peace, and Prosperity to the USA and world. See more of his work at www.

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15 Comments on "The Real Reasons We Dropped Atom Bombs on Japan"

  1. The Japanese went through several formal diplomatic channels in an attempt to arrange a surrender, however, the fix was in – a demonstration of the horrors of nuclear war had already been decided by the apex globalists.

    In the early 1900s the global elite were already plotting how bring about global governance and a main theme, long before the Manhattan project, was the notion of creating a superweapon of mass destruction to force the world to unite under a monolithic system. A young impressionable Harry Truman read stories by elitist fiction writer H.G. Wells (an ardent UN proponent) and others glorifying this meme and for more than 50 years he carried an apocalyptic Tennyson poem as described in P.D. Smith’s remarkable book Doomsday Men, The Real Dr. Strangelove and Dream of the Superweapon.

    • “In 1910, the young Missouri farmer had read a poem that so impressed him that he wrote out part of it on a piece of paper and kept it in his wallet for the next fifty years. As the paper became worn and tattered, Truman recopied these lines. He did this thirty or forty times. On his way to the Potsdam conference in 1945 he took out this piece of paper and read the poem again. In its words he found reassurance that the terrible weapon that would soon be dropped on an unsuspecting Japanese city would ultimately lead to a new world order. These were the lines that President Truman treasured so dearly:”

      For I dipt into the future, far as human eye could see,
      Saw the Vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be;
      Saw the heavens fill with commerce, argosies of magic sails,
      Pilots of the purple twilight dropping down with costly bales;
      Heard the heavens fill with shouting, and there rain’d a ghastly dew…
      …Till the war-drum throbb’d no longer, and the battle-flags were furl’d
      In the Parliament of man, the Federation of the world.
      There the common sense of most shall hold a fretful realm in awe…

      • and no mention of love. love is hidden until spoken, until mentioned. It radiates via it’s tenor of speak….then it comes alive….and not until…To be it’s true dimension, it must be defended….and when that happens…all change is for the good…..every time, no exception.

        • Untainted grace and benevolence needs no words. It also is antithetical to fear based control and thus deception.

          • “Untainted grace and benevolence needs no words” Those who have this…gift to all, and understand and recognize it,,,yes, you are correct but for the masses,,,,,this state of love needs words and words and words and words…cause, that’s the nature of Love… me the way and there I am….and all the wonder thereafter…

    • I remain, amazed at the semblance of nations to govern via force…as recorded throughout written history….(at least most of it)….when in fact all such efforts have ended in the destruction of the states themselves…..seems power, just can not get itself around that four letter word…..Love.
      And I have a difficult time answering just why that is! What is defeating of the basis….Love? Actually, nothing ! Except ! People don’t believe. They believe in force and what happens? Force does them in. Every last one of them…..and today, here we are at the perhaps, point of no return…………cause, there is yet no discussion of Love on any meaningful level of those in power..

      • perhaps sri yukteswar has the answer. he claims the distance of our sun to its parent body(maybe alcyone)effects our spiritual development. the further away it is makes us forget the spiritual life.
        he wrote this in his book “the holy science”. something to do with electro/magnetic energies

  2. It’s good to see an article reminding us of the unnecessary horrors of the bombs dropped on Japan. Unfortunately, Stinnett apparently promotes the false notion that the US had to get into the war to stop the evil Nazis when we know well that the global elite supported and funded the rise of the Nazis and also our communist nemeses Russia and China responsible for atrocities and mass genocide on their own people. The amount of needless suffering and death through contrived wars with nation states used as mere pawns boggles the mind. BTW, the Russians were handed generous gifts after WWII and their corrupt leaders knew exactly what the great game was.

    • I am not in support of Russia…of though, WW2 history, if Russia had not defeated the German’s assult upon it’s land, loosing some 20 million in so doing, world war two may have ended much worse….Russia must be given credit for those defeats of Germany…..

  3. We cannot return to gold. The amount needed to account for the renunciations of our people is not there. The elite have swindled away the gold taken in 1933.

    Anyone having claim via say a twenty dollar gold certificate, literally has nothing but worthless paper. Resetting our economic system to gold sounds fine. It hurts everyone though and not merely the elites.

    Those who have not would still have not. And you can guarantee the elites will not open their private vaults for assessment ensuring they have the gold they say they do. Either way, if we still have to still use money, we lose.

    It keeps returning to _matter of confidence_ for the commoners and the elite are still in charge. We end up right back to where we are. Revolution, is cyclic like that, it continually returns to the null sum.

    We need a forward going evolution instead. And we need to recall this always, revolutions do revolve, go in circles. That logic does not work. If it did we’d be a lot better off than we are.

  4. absolutely can’t go back to the gold standard or precious metals, either of any sort. Now finally man must confront his own inner self…and when he does, if the outcome of that confrontation can not reconcile with the part of humanity, which has gotten us this far, with as much lasting resonance as violence, and I am speaking of Love…..if we cannot reconcile with that part of our each, inner being, in a manner or deserved observation, then we all loose and our race will eventually do itself into the ground for good

  5. what’s this “holocaust” that is mentioned? Is that another way of saying “typhus”?

    you should also understand the reasoning of Hitler and his regime when it came to avoiding war.

    All history is a lie. THis bit of truth is refreshing but it is still filled with inaccuracies

  6. If you want to get an education on how the Japanese came to attack the USA, you need to understand that the seeds of war were sown by president Roosevelt – NOT Franklin, but Teddy! Read the remarkable book “The Imperial Cruise” by James Bradley.

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