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Racism was not the Reason why we dropped Two Nuclear Weapons on Japan; we Nuked them because the War in Europe was over and Tokyo would NOT surrender and the War would have gone on 2-3 More Years

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Part II of WHY the United States used the BOMB on the Japanese during World War II
Santa Barbara, CA, 05-14-2016 Saturday:  Yesterday, we began the discussion of what many Americans perceive to be the continuation of the ‘Obama Apology Tour’ what with the president visiting Hiroshima (and Nagasaki?) so he can pay his ‘respects.’  Many people find something such as this disturbing because they know he goes there not to pay respects but to tell the world just how sorry the United States is for having done what it did to the Japanese in the waning days of World War II. 
He gets away with this insanity because the American education system has let its pupils down by not teaching them ALL American history and not just the stuff they can use to make us look UGLY and warp the minds of its victims.
When Germany surrendered in May 1945, many Americans breathed a sigh of relief and the military personnel fighting in Europe thought the war for them was indeed over and that they would be able to return home.  Little did many of them know that they would have to go halfway around the world to participate in the invasion of Japan but aircrews were already in the process of relocating to Asia for their second tour. 
If you want a fascinating glimpse into the history of World War II, Time-Life Books released a multi-volume set of books on all facets of the war that engulfed much of the world, back in the mid-to-late 1970s and 1980s.  One particular book, by Keith Wheeler and the editors of Time-Life Books, “The Fall of Japan” explains the daunting task that the Allies faced with invading Japan: even after complete devastation of their country, the Japanese government had no intention whatsoever of surrendering to its opponents. 
Some such as General Curtiss Le May, the man who used firebombing of military and civilian centers alike as a means of winning the war and who was responsible for the devastation of the German city of Dresden thought that the naval blockade starving Japan and the continued aerial bombings would eventually force the Japanese out of the war. 
On the other hand, General George C. Marshall, U.S. Army Chief of Staff and the final word before the president disagreed with this line of reasoning.  He knew an accelerated timetable by a war-weary nation determined to bring things to a rapid and victorious conclusion so their boys and girls could come home would hinder the United States and its Allies from continuing the war into possibly, late 1946 or far beyond it.  After all, we could not destroy the rest of the Axis and allow Japan to avoid the same fate and somehow claim that it had NOT lost the war or paid the price for being an aggressor.
Another way would soon present itself and that was the development of the atomic bomb.  For a long time, thousands of Americans had labored in secret bringing theory to reality and on July 16, 1945, at the Army Air Forces’ testing ground at Alamogordo, New Mexico, the first atomic bomb went off with devastating effect.  J. Robert Oppenheimer used a line from the Hindu text, Bhagavad-Gita, “I am become death, the shatterer of worlds” (Wheeler, “The Fall of Japan,” p. 32) when he watched the fireball rise high into the sky.  The nuclear age had begun and soon the government alerted President Harry S. Truman to the new weapon.
Now, here is the deal that is irksome to many liberals and those ignorant of history as we take a moment to discuss the creation of the ultimate weapon.  Many in America—stupid or uneducated people no less—believe we dropped the two bombs on the Japanese because they were non-white peoples, Asians. 
Worse, they say America did this out of its spirit of ‘racism,’ the same ‘racism’ that permeated much of American history.  Look, I am not going to dispute that racism was not part of America but folks, virtually every nation in the Americas with the exception of Canada had slavery at one point or another, some of which, lasted far longer than it did here.  In fact, one out of thirteen Africans kidnapped from their homelands came to the United States while the rest went to Latin America.  Yet, we are the only ones the goons take to task for our racism.
Back to the war, had Japan surrendered first and Nazi Germany continued to fight on, we would have dropped the nukes on them.  The reason we did not is that Germany being a land-based nation was easier to defeat than an island nation such as Japan, the same sort of thing that made attacking and conquering America so difficult for our enemies and why it has not happened. 
Moreover, the Germans fought long and hard but once Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker and the Soviets conquered Berlin, there was no more reason to fight—not even for the vaunted but non-entity ‘Werewolves’ who were to continue fighting a terror war from within the population to hinder the victors but who never materialized.  The Germans had no choice but to surrender and with their Fuhrer dead, the oath that kept them tied to him vanished as did their reason to continue the fight.  
The Japanese, on the other hand, had their government intact and even more important, their emperor, Hirohito, for whom ALL Japanese had sworn to fight to the death to defend.  Add to that the fact the Japanese population feared the toppling of their beloved emperor, descended from the gods, and the implementation of some sort of non-Japanese government, the people planned to fight on the beaches and beyond. 
The U.S. military was preparing Operation Coronet, the landings on the southern island of Kyushu, for March 01, 1946.  The second phase of this epic fight to the death, Operation Olympic, scheduled to commence on November 01, 1945, would see Allied forces landing on Honshu.  From there, the Allies would fight across the main island, up its length and eventually, if the Japanese still wanted to fight onto Hokkaido, the northernmost island.   However it was going to go, one thing was the Allies had to beat the Japanese.
Something else that drove Allied planners was that the United States wanted to be the one to help rebuild Japan following the war, leading them to democracy and the Western World and away from the possibility of joint occupation by the Soviet Union and the implementation of communism in part of the country. 
Josef Stalin had an obligation to move from Western Europe to East Asia once the Nazis succumbed to help drive the Japanese military out of China and Korea.  The Americans rightly feared that if the Soviets accomplished that and then could land on the Japanese mainland, that they would have a say in the style of government under which, the conquered Japanese would have to live, much like the division of Germany and the imposition of Soviet-occupied Europe and non-Soviet-occupied Europe.
Folks, we will pick up from here and conclude our history lesson tomorrow.  I hope you are all going to join me because this is a very touchy topic for many precisely because they lack the historical perspective.  See you tomorrow and thanks for humoring me—my goal is to educate the uneducated.
Thank you,
Jimmy Hall
James Hall
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This is me as a chef during the 1980's when we took a group photograph for a Chefs de Cuisine yearbook.  At the time, I was working at a hotel in Bakersfield, CA, down on Union Avenue.  It was still somewhat nice and the area was still the original "restaurant row" of the city.  Now, I am 70 years old and work over in Santa Barbara, CA, as a food and beverage director for a fine-dining country club.
Chef James “Jimmy” Hall writes from Santa Barbara, CA.

Chef Jimmy Hall is a former member of the Peace and Freedom Party and now votes as an Independent.

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05-14-2016 S Political Topics and Essays, Part DCCXL: “Racism was not the Reason why we dropped Two Nuclear Weapons on Japan; we Nuked them because the War in Europe was over and Tokyo would NOT surrender and the War would have gone on 2-3 More Years” by Chef James “Jimmy” Hall.     
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REFERENCES:
Hall, James.  “Racism was not the Reason why we dropped Two Nuclear Weapons on Japan; we Nuked them because the War in Europe was over and Tokyo would NOT surrender and the War would have gone on 2-3 More Years

Moses Scharbug III edited and rewrote the blog post today.

Wheeler, Keith and the Editors of Time-Life Books.  “The Fall of Japan.” Time-Life Books, 1983.  Chicago, Illinois.  


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TODAY IN HISTORY—MAY 14, 2016:

Jack Bruce of Cream (left) and Keith Relf of the Yardbirds (second from the right):


  1. 649: Theodore I ends his reign as Catholic Pope.
  2. 1643: Louis XIV became king of France at age 4 upon the death of his father, Louis XIII.
  3. 1702: England and the Netherlands declare war on France and Spain.  Meanwhile, Swedish troops under King Charles XII occupy the city of Warsaw, Poland.
  4. 1787: Delegates gather in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to begin work on the Constitution of the United States, the greatest document in the world.
  5. 1796: English physician Edward Jenner inoculated 8-year-old James Phipps against smallpox by using cowpox matter.
  6. 1804: The Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana Territory as well as the Pacific Northwest left camp near present-day Hartford, Illinois.
  7. 1853: Gail Borden patents his process for condensed milk.
  8. 1863: Union forces defeated the Confederates in the Battle of Jackson, Mississippi.
  9. 1897: Great Britain signs a treaty of peace with King Menelik II of Abyssinia.
  10. 1900: The Olympic Games opened in Paris, held as part of the 1900 World’s Fair.
  11. 1913: John D. Rockefeller gives $100,000 to the Rockefeller Foundation.
  12. 1918: Sunday baseball becomes legal in Washington, D.C.
  13. 1921: Benito Mussolini’s Fascist Party wins 29 seats in Parliament.  Meanwhile, in the United States, Judge Florence Allen is the first female judge to sentence a man to death.
  14. 1932: In New York City, a “We want beer” parade takes place during Prohibition.
  15. 1940: During World War II, the Nazis bomb Rotterdam leading to the surrender of the Netherlands.  Meanwhile, the Germans break through at Sedan, France, leading to the overwhelming of all French and British forces on the continent.
  16. 1942: the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra first performed Aaron Copeland’s “Lincoln Portrait,”
  17. 1943: Jack Bruce, future bassist and vocalist with the British bands Cream, West, Bruce & Laing, and with Robin Trower, was born on this date.
  18. 1944: 91 Luftwaffe bombers attack Bristol, England, during World War II.  Elsewhere, Gene Cornish, bassist and vocalist with the Young Rascals, was born in Ottawa, Canada.
  19. 1945: During World War II, a Kamikaze pilot strikes the aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise with a direct hit.
  20. 1948: According to the current-era calendar, the independent state of Israel was proclaimed in Tel Aviv.
  21. 1955: The Warsaw Pact is signed by the following nations: the Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Romania.
  22. 1961: Freedom Riders were attacked by violent mobs in Anniston and Birmingham, Alabama; an angry mob burns their bus.
  23. 1963: Kuwait becomes the 111th member of the United Nations.
  24. 1965: The People’s Republic of China sets off its second atomic bomb.
  25. 1968: In Czechoslovakia, the government of Alexander Dubcek announces liberalizing reforms.  This would lead to a Soviet invasion.
  26. 1969: Canada legalizes contraception and abortion.
  27. 1973: The United States launched Skylab I, its first manned space station.  (Skylab I remained in orbit for six years before burning up during re-entry in 1979.  Meanwhile, in London, gold hits a record $102.50 per ounce.
  28. 1974: The Symbionese Liberation Army is wiped out during a police raid and the fire that ensued.
  29. 1975: U.S. Marines and Naval forces raid the Cambodian island of Koh Tang to free the crewmembers of the Mayaguez freighter, taken prisoner by the Khmer Rouge.
  30. 1976: Keith Relf—former lead vocalist with the British rock band, the Yardbirds—accidentally electrocuted himself when he plugged his electric guitar into an improperly grounded amplifier in his basement.
  31. 1988: 27 people, mostly teens, lost their lives when their church bus collided with a pickup going the wrong direction on a highway near Carrollton, Kentucky.  (Truck driver Larry Mahoney served 9.5 years in prison for manslaughter).
  32. 1998: Singer-actor Frank Sinatra died at a Los Angeles hospital at age 82.  Meanwhile, the final episode of Seinfeld appears on TV; the commercials are worth $2 million each.
  33. 2011: In efforts to save Baton Rouge and New Orleans from floods, the Morganza Spillway is opened on the Mississippi River, deliberately flooding 3,000 square miles of rural Louisiana.
  34. 2012: Scientists at Stanford University invent a working bionic eye, which is powered only by focused light; the eye could eventually restore the sight of millions of people suffering from macular degeneration and retinal pigmentosa.
  35. 2013: According to Brainy History, the Soyuz capsule safely lands in Kazakhstan, carrying Expedition 35 astronauts Thomas Marshburn of the U.S., Chris Hadfield of Canada and Roman Romanenko of Russia back from the International Space Station.
  36. 2014: After three years of being executive director with the New York Times, the newspaper fires its first female in that post, Jill Abramson and replaces her with their first black American, Dean Baquet.
  37. 2015: At the age of 89, blues legend B.B. King loses his fight with high blood pressure and diabetes.



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