Sunday, August 07, 2011

A Dark American Turning Point

The carnage inflicted on Japan on Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, 1945, marked a dark turning point in American history. Having achieved victory over Nazism in Europe and the strategic defeat of fascist Japan, the United States took the unprecedented step of dropping atomic bombs on two nearly defenseless cities, an act which has since been wrapped in mythology, writes Gary G. Kohls.

By Gary G. Kohls, Consortium News, Aug. 7, 2011

Aug. 6 was the 66th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, the whole truth of which has been heavily censored and mythologized ever since the news of the event was broadcast to the millions of war-weary Americans who were justifiably happy that the awful war was finally over.

Of course, those millions – and hundreds of millions of gullible children who may have read about the war in school – also understandably swallowed the post-war propaganda in their history books as they “learned” about the glorious end of the war.

We now know that the narrative contained false information that was orchestrated by war-justifying militarists (and assorted uber-patiotic historians) starting with General Douglas MacArthur.

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