Hiroshima & Nagasaki no one was ever tried for the horrific attrocity.
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Since: Nov 11
#1 Aug 8, 2012
Incredibly raw story by Chris Hedges; This is the article that brought this to my attention. http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/ruthandre...
On this day in 1945 the United States demonstrated that it was as morally bankrupt as the Nazi machine it had recently vanquished and the Soviet regime with which it was allied. Over Hiroshima, and three days later over Nagasaki, it exploded an atomic device that was the most efficient weapon of genocide in human history. The blast killed tens of thousands of men, women and children. It was an act of mass annihilation that was strategically and militarily indefensible. The Japanese had been on the verge of surrender. Hiroshima and Nagasaki had no military significance. It was a war crime for which no one was ever tried. The explosions, which marked the culmination of three centuries of physics, signaled the ascendancy of the technician and scientist as our most potent agents of death.
In World War II Auschwitz and Hiroshima showed that progress through technology has escalated mans destructive impulses into more precise and incredibly more devastating form, Bruno Bettelheim said.The concentration camps with their gas chambers, the first atomic bomb confronted us with the stark reality of overwhelming death, not so much ones ownthis each of us has to face sooner or later, and however uneasily, most of us manage not to be overpowered by our fear of itbut the unnecessary and untimely death of millions. Progress not only failed to preserve life but it deprived millions of their lives more effectively than had ever been possible before. Whether we choose to recognize it or not, after the second World War Auschwitz and Hiroshima became monuments to the incredible devastation man and technology together bring about.
The atomic blasts, ignited in large part to send a message to the Soviet Union, were a reminder that science is morally neutral. Science and technology serve the ambitions of humankind. And few in the sciences look beyond the narrow tasks handed to them by corporations or government. They employ their dark arts, often blind to the consequences, to cement into place systems of security and surveillance, as well as systems of environmental destruction, that will result in collective enslavement and mass extermination. As we veer toward environmental collapse we will have to pit ourselves against many of these experts, scientists and technicians whose loyalty is to institutions that profit from exploitation and death.
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