Incinerating Hiroshima

by Don Franks

US President Donald Trump now threatens to “totally destroy” North Korea’s country of 26 million people.

This from the leader of the only power that ever used nuclear weapons.

Trump isn’t a one-off nutcase. He follows in the tradition of President Truman.

When the Japanese refused a US ultimatum to surrender unconditionally, Truman ordered the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.  On August 6, announcing the dropping of the bomb, he again demanded Japan’s surrender, warning it to “expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth.”

Three days later, on August 9 1945, a second atomic bomb was dropped, this time on Nagasaki.

Within the first two to four months following the bombings, the acute effects had killed 90,000–146,000 people in Hiroshima and 39,000–80,000 in Nagasaki; roughly half of the deaths in each city occurred on the first day.

During the following months, large numbers died from the effect of burns, radiation sickness, and other injuries, compounded by illness and malnutrition.

Since that carnage, under various presidents, the USA has killed and maimed millions of Vietnamese and other people of the region, including hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of North Koreans in the 1950-53 war.

Kindly house-building president Jimmy Carter initiated the US proxy war in Afghanistan that spawned the creation of Al Qaeda.

Reagan’s watch saw the secret war of subversion in Nicaragua.

George H. W. Bush invaded Panama and launched the first invasion of Iraq.

Bill Clinton continued to bomb Iraq and imposed sanctions that killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, including countless children. George W. Bush continued the process, as well as defending the use of torture by the military.

Obama’s special refinement was the use of institutionalized drone assassinations.

Trump, Reagan and the Bushes belong to the Republican Party.  But Truman, Johnson – who oversaw the killing and maiming of millions in Vietnam – Carter, Clinton and Obama were Democrats.

The problem is not one crazy guy, the problem is the ongoing aggression of US imperialism.

Economically in decline and scared of being overtaken by China, US imperialism seeks a compliant base on China’s doorstep. That’s what’s driving Trump.

The international anti-war movement needs to lift its game and operate from a position of facts. Trump is a ghastly creature but he is representative of a desperately declining social system. Not one man, but an institution, urgently needs removal.

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