I had always had a gut feeling that when we called Pearl Harbor a day in December that would live in infamy, we were pointing one finger at the Japanese when three were pointing back at us. Our excuse that we were taught in history class, that we wanted to save lives, never really sounded completely convincing. We all swallowed it in school. We did not know that it was mere propaganda to cover up two other days in August that should also live in infamy, the days we killed innocent women and children. Nobody dares call it a war crime. That's what other nations do, not ours. What was it then?
Here is a summary of an expose from the Washington Post. Many believed that the Japanese were ready to surrender. Dwight Eisenhower did not believe the bomb was necessary. Admiral William Leahy did not believe that using that barbarous weapon was called for. General Douglas MacArthur saw no military justification for it. General Curtis LeMay believed the war would have been over in two weeks and that the bomb had nothing to do with the end of the war at all. Brigadier General Carter Clarke boldly stated that we were using human lives for an unnecessary experiment.
I always had questions since childhood history class. If deemed necessary as a show of force, why were the bomb not dropped on an area where nobody lived like offshore? Another shocking fact revealed in the article is that neither city were particularly military targets. Why then were the bombs dropped. Several theories exist.
One theory is that scientists had a new toy and wanted to try it out. Another theory was to create diplomatic leverage against the Soviet Union.
The purpose of this article is not to judge the Allies for war crimes or even crimes against humanity. All nations are guilty of such things. All nations are guilty of being a big bad bully when they have had the power to do so. The purpose of this article is to call us to admitting our faults rather than covering them up. The purpose of this article is to call for national and individual repentance (Acts 2:38). Repentance starts with admitting our faults not covering them up or pretending they do not exist.
When we pretend our past wrongdoings do not exist, we are in danger of repeating them. Only a nation that is willing to admit past mistakes and mourns them has the hope of improving its behavior in the future.