"Today is December 7, the day that this government killed over 80,000 Japanese civilians at Hiroshima in 1941, two days before giving [sic] an additional 64,000 Japanese civilians at Nagasaki by dropping nuclear bombs on innocent people." -- Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Trinity United Church, Dec. 7, 2008.
Rarely is one treated to such a public display of historic ignorance, America loathing, and poor grammar from an unsane leftist -- it is so outrageous that it could have come from The Onion. That The One™ [i.e., Barack Obama] considered this man his spiritual mentor for 20 years is a sad commentary on his judgement.
For those who fail to understand the scope of stupidity illustrated by this statement:
- Dec. 7, 1941 was the day Japan committed an unprovoked surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. "The overall death toll reached 2,350, including 68 civilians, and 1,178 injured."
- "On Monday, August 6, 1945, the nuclear weapon Little Boy was dropped on Hiroshima by the crew of the American B-29 bomber Enola Gay, directly killing an estimated 80,000 people."
- "On August 9, 1945, Nagasaki was the target of the world's second atomic bomb attack at 11:02 a.m., when the north of the city was destroyed and an estimated 40,000 people were killed."
- These two attacks were no surprise. "On July 26, 1945, Truman and other allied leaders issued The Potsdam Declaration outlining terms of surrender for Japan. It was presented as an ultimatum and stated that without a surrender, the Allies would attack Japan, resulting in 'the inevitable and complete destruction of the Japanese armed forces and just as inevitably the utter devastation of the Japanese homeland' ...". The governement of Japan rejected this ultimatum, and the Emperor called for the defense of Japan "at all costs."
- "After the Hiroshima bombing, President Truman announced, 'If they do not accept our terms, they may expect a rain of ruin from the air the likes of which has never been seen on this earth.' On August 8, 1945, leaflets were dropped and warnings were given to Japan by Radio Saipan. The area of Nagasaki did not receive warning leaflets until August 10, though the leaflet campaign covering the whole country was over a month into its operations, probably to avoid 'broadcasting' the site of the next bomb."
- "U.S. President Truman stated after the war that he had been advised that American casualties [in an invasion of Japan] could range from 250,000 to one million men. Other sources put the highest estimates at 30,000 to 50,000. Millions of Japanese military and civilian casualties were expected. An Air Force Association history says, 'Millions of women, old men, and boys and girls had been trained to resist by such means as attacking with bamboo spears and strapping explosives to their bodies and throwing themselves under advancing tanks,' and also that '[t]he Japanese cabinet had approved a measure extending the draft to include men from ages fifteen to sixty and women from seventeen to forty-five (an additional 28 million people).' Supporters [of the bombings] also point to an order given by the Japanese War Ministry on 1 August 1944, ordering the disposal and execution of all Allied prisoners of war, numbering over 100,000, if an invasion of the Japanese mainland took place."
- The high casualty estimates were based on the American experience earlier that year in the invasion of Okinawa. "The Battle of Okinawa, also known as Operation Iceberg, was fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa and was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific Theater of World War II. The 82 day battle lasted from late March through June 1945. ... The battle has one of the highest number of casualties of any World War Two engagement: the Japanese lost over 100,000 troops, and the Allies (mostly United States) suffered more than 50,000 casualties, with over 12,000 killed in action. Hundreds of thousands of civilians were killed, wounded or attempted suicide. Approximately one-fourth of the civilian population died due to the invasion."