70th anniversary of bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Never again! Fight for an anti-war government!

Seventy years ago on August 6 and 9, 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki causing the instant slaughter of 200,000 people and damage from nuclear fallout which has lasted generations. The action, authorized by U.S. President Harry S. Truman, was ostensibly to end the Pacific War and save American lives.

In January 1995, the New York Times reported: “Indeed, some historians contend that the bombing was not aimed so much at the wartime enemy Japan as at the wartime ally Soviet Union, delivered as a warning against postwar rivalry.”

Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral William D. Leahy was one of the people explicitly opposed to using the atomic bomb on Japan. Leahy noted: “The use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender.”

The Potsdam conference which was held from July 17-August 2, 1945 between the wartime allies had already secured the pledge of the Soviet Union to join the Pacific War. No sooner the Third Reich was vanquished in May 1945, Stalin undertook to redeploy the Red Army against Japan. The Soviet Union was scheduled to officially enter the Pacific War on August 15. As it turned out, Stalin ordered the Red Army into Manchuria on August 8, a week ahead of the scheduled offensive.

Japanese activists particpate in 1,800 peace marathon, from Fukushima to Nagasaki, beginning July 25, 2015 | Japan Press Weekly

All of it shows that the U.S. aim was not to end the war but to establish hegemony. Today, the U.S. nuclear arsenal is more powerful than ever. The U.S. has announced plans to spend $355 billion over the next decade to upgrade its stockpile of some 5,000 nuclear warheads – each one many times more powerful than the bombs that were originally dropped on Japan.

The Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada calls on Canadians to make the entire world a nuclear-free zone, oppose Canada’s participation in U.S. wars of aggression and establish an anti-war government in Canada. On this occasion we join the world wide commemorations for the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Our thoughts are with the people of Japan commemorating this event and who are fighting to get the U.S. military out of their country and make sure Japan does not become a warring country again.



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