Israeli Officials Are Right About Hiroshima and Nagasaki
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In an effort to justify the Israeli government’s massive infliction of death and destruction on the people of Gaza, the New York Times reports that “Israeli officials privately invoked the 1945 U.S atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki” in conversations with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
How did Blinken respond to that point? The Times article doesn’t say, but my hunch is that he remained silent about it.
After all, what could he say? The Israeli officials have a point. In deciding to drop atomic bombs on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, U.S. officials were knowingly, intentionally, and deliberately targeting children, women, seniors, and other non-combatants with death. They figured that by killing those people, Japanese officials would have to agree to an unconditional surrender to avoid having more Japanese children, women, seniors, and other non-combatants killed by more atomic bombings.
And make no mistake about it: U.S. officials were more than willing to continue dropping atomic bombs on people all across Japan to secure the Japanese government’s unconditional surrender.
What would have happened if Japanese officials had decided not to surrender? There is no doubt about it: U.S. officials would have continued dropping nuclear bombs all across Japan until they killed everyone in the country.
Israeli officials claim that the thousands of women, children, seniors, and other non-combatants that Israeli bombs have killed in Gaza are simply what is termed “collateral damage.” That is, they say that the deaths are the necessary consequence of having to eradicate Hamas. They haven’t yet indicated whether there is an upward limit, if any, on the number of “collateral deaths” they are willing to incur in their effort to eradicate Ham
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