06 August 2015

Hiroshima and Transfiguration

Today is the 70th anniversary of the mass murder of more than 80,000 people, including approximately 60,000 civilians, at Hiroshima. If you want to read a book on the actual effect of the bomb that day, here it is. If you are among those who claim it was morally permissible to save lives that would have been lost in an invasion, and that Truman didn't know how horrific the weapon would be, I wonder how you would defend the bombing of Nagasaki?

As it happens, it is also the feast day of Our Lord's Transfiguration on Mount Tabor. This article from the UK Daily Mail shows the transfiguration of Hiroshima today.


Anonymous said...

Food for thought. Perhaps if it were your or your wive's father or grandfather who fought his way into and through Japan your whole family wouldn't exist. Personally, I'm very happy that my dad ended his WWII service in France and not Japan, which was about to be his next destination. My husband's father would have immediately been deployed to that theater. There were over 500,000 civilian deaths in the Philippines,at least 250,000 in Burma and the list goes on and on. None of it would have happened if the Japanese weren't vying for complete domination of the Pacific. Mary

Aged parent said...

While the idea that the Japanese were trying to dominate the Pacific is debatable (I would say, very highly debatable)it is true that the Japanese had already signalled their intentions to surrender. They only asked for a few minor concessions, the most important one to them being the retention of their Emperor. But the Americans, using Abe Lincoln as their template, demanded nothing less than unconditional surrender.

Before the Japanese could discuss this unconditional surrender the US dropped the bombs on an almost exclusively civilian population, an act of barbarity so shocking that it made my mother vomit when she heard the news.

We Catholics, especially we Catholics who are serious about the Faith, can no longer continue to hold the belief that this bombing (and other bombings, like Dresden) were in any way defensible. In any case, no matter what were the intentions of the Japanese or Germans, real or imagined, the old saying applies: two wrongs do not make a right.

I thank St Louis Catholic for this post. I only hope that other Catholic bloggers and web masters who still support such atrocities will read it as well, and contemplate it.

Anonymous said...

Not vying for domination of the Pacific?

List of territories occupied by Imperial Japan
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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The following locations represent the maximum extent of Japanese Empire control of lands in the Pacific during the peak of its empire in World War II.

Contents [hide]
1 Overview
2 Pre–World War II
2.1 Annexed
2.2 Occupied
3 World War II
3.1 Areas attacked but not conquered
4 See also
5 References
This is a list of regions occupied or annexed by the Empire of Japan until 1945. Control over all territories except the Japanese mainland (Hokkaidō, Honshū, Kyūshū, Shikoku, and some 6000 small surrounding islands) was renounced by Japan in the Surrender after World War II and the Treaty of San Francisco. A number of territories occupied by the United States after 1945 have been returned to Japan, see Japan-United States relations for details. In 2005, there are still a number of disputed territories with Russia, South Korea, the People's Republic of China and Taiwan. See foreign relations of Japan for details.

Pre–World War II[edit]
Kuril Islands - 1875 - 1945
Ryukyu Islands - 1879 – 1945 & since 1972 [1]
Taiwan - 1895 - 1945
South Karafuto (Sakhalin) - 1905 - 1945
Kwantung Leased Territory - 1905 - 1945
Korea - 1910 - 1945
South Pacific Mandate - 1914 - 1945
Shandong - formerly of German Empire - 1914 - 1922
Manchuria - 1931 - 1945
all ports and major towns in the Primorsky Krai and Siberia regions of Russia east of the city of Chita, from 1918 until gradually withdrawing in 1922.[2]
World War II[edit]
Several regions in mainland China - 1938 - 1945
French Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) - July 15, 1940 - August 29, 1945
Hong Kong (UK) - December 12, 1940 - August 15, 1945
Thailand - as an 'allied' state although induced - December 8, 1941 - August 15, 1945
British New Guinea - December 27, 1941 - September 15, 1945
Philippines (USA) - May 8, 1942 - July 5, 1945
Guam (USA) - January 6, 1942 - October 24, 1945
Dutch East Indies - January 18, 1942 - October 21, 1945
Portuguese Timor - February 19, 1942 - September 2, 1945
Malaya (UK)- March 27, 1942 - September 6, 1945
Andaman and Nicobar Islands (India) - March 29, 1942 - September 9, 1945
Straits Settlements (Singapore) - March 29, 1942 - September 9, 1945
Kingdom of Sarawak (UK) - March 29, 1942 - September 9, 1945
Brunei (UK) - March 29, 1942 - September 9, 1945
North Borneo (UK) - March 29, 1942 - September 9, 1945
Nauru - August 26, 1942 - September 13, 1945
Imphal (India) - November 4, 1942 - August 15, 1945
Wake Island (USA) - December 27, 1942 - January 18, 1944
Gilbert and Ellice Islands (UK) - February 22, 1943 - January 22, 1944
Christmas island (Australia) - May 5, 1943 - January 25, 1944
Attu and Kiska Islands (US) - June 6, 1943 - September 27, 1943
Areas attacked but not conquered[edit]
Air raids on Australia, including:
Broome (Western Australia)
Darwin (Northern Territory, Australia)
Newcastle (New South Wales, Australia)
Sydney (New South Wales, Australia)
British Columbia (Canada)
Kohima and Manipur (India)
Colombo and Trincomalee (Sri Lanka)
Dornod (Khalkhin Gol, Mongolia)
United States
Santa Barbara (California)
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii)
Midway Atoll
Fort Stevens (Oregon)


Aged parent said...


I understand what you are trying to say but even if this were true (which, again, I remain skeptical - and which would require solid citations to support it), what did that have to do with the US? If we accept the rule that the US has to be the world's policeman, Ok. But many of us don't accept that at all.

And none of what you state, even if demonstrably true, justifies the atrocity committed by the US.

We Americans have to shed this idea that we are an "exceptional nation" and can therefore act any way we wish. To continue in that mindset is a recipe for disaster, and a lot of dead bodies.

With every good wish...

Anonymous said...

This is my last comment on what would be an endless debate. I can only assume you believe that Pearl Harbor was faked by the US, so we're the ones that got involved first. Mary Ellen