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  • Monday, July 25, 2005

    Hiroshima bombing may have had a hidden agenda

    According to this article, from the New Scientist, two nuclear historians have said that they believe the US dropped their weapons of mass destruction on Hiroshima, and Nagasaki to show their military strength to the Soviets, and try to limit Soviet influence in Asia:

    According to an account by Walter Brown, assistant to then-US secretary of state James Byrnes, Truman agreed at a meeting three days before the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima that Japan was "looking for peace". Truman was told by his army generals, Douglas Macarthur and Dwight Eisenhower, and his naval chief of staff, William Leahy, that there was no military need to use the bomb. "Impressing Russia was more important than ending the war in Japan," says Selden. Truman was also worried that he would be accused of wasting money on the Manhattan Project to build the first nuclear bombs, if the bomb was not used, he adds.
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