A Different Perspective: Could Japan Not Have Been Atomically Bombed?

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August 6 and August 9, 1945, were a black stain on the hearts of the world, especially Japan. Thousands of people were killed by the atomic bombs said to have been dropped first on Hiroshima and then on Nagasaki. We say “rumored” because there is a widespread view that this was in fact Cold War propaganda. If this view is true, it will surely go down in history as the world’s second biggest lie.

But why tell such a lie?

For those who argue that no atomic bombs were dropped, this story is just a pretext for the Cold War and Japan’s withdrawal. It is alleged that a secret deal was struck with the US because the Japanese people were tired of the war but the government was unwilling to accept defeat. In this way, Japan said, “America can destroy an entire city with a single button, we have an atomic bomb and we are ending the war.” By creating the perception that America has an atomic bomb, Japan sent a message to the whole world to stop fighting with itself.

If not the atomic bomb, what was the catastrophe?

The images that emerged after the bomb was dropped are reminiscent of the “Napalm Bombing” of Tokyo. A napalm bombardment consists of hundreds of planes bombing an entire city at the same time and releases a lot of heat. If you look at the images from Hiroshima, people were either burned to death or had burn scars. Also, as we will discuss later, Napalm bombardment is the simultaneous bombardment of an entire city, so while it has the power to destroy an entire city, some areas may be missed. Just like in Hiroshima some of the buildings etc. that were said to be at ground zero were not destroyed.

Other details that will convince you that the human tragedy was not caused by the atomic bomb

In 2007, the BBC broadcast a reenactment of the atomic bomb in a slightly exaggerated version of a single bomb dropped at ground zero with massive destruction at its center. The most striking detail in the footage is that the bomb lifted a large amount of soil into the air at the moment of impact, yet the streets were remarkably clean in the aftermath photographs. It was as if the destruction did not come from a single center but was caused by bombs falling in certain areas.
Moreover, the bomb in question was powerful enough to level even a kilometer away, yet some buildings and even trees very close to ground zero were not damaged. Maybe it can be said that those buildings did not collapse because they were extremely strong, but then how do we explain the shack and the trees right next to it? Moreover, a bridge 50 meters from ground zero is said to be miraculously undamaged. Is it really a miracle or was it missed during the Napalm bombardment?
The buildings that suffered little damage were government institutions, usually made of stone, and the damage was mostly fire damage, like what happened in Tokyo…
We have already mentioned that the injuries and deaths were very similar to Napalm bombing. In addition, there is no evidence to substantiate claims that the bomb exploded in a flash, that onlookers were blinded and that many people were instantly incinerated.

What about radiation?

A video is being made about 6 months after the explosion. This video shows people going about their daily lives, living among ruined houses. We are talking about people who go there to shoot videos and continue their lives, while the city should be evacuated / banned due to radiation that we cannot even grow plants in the region, the effect of which is said to last for years.
There is also no evidence for the claim that the children of those affected by radiation in the region were born with mutations. In an August 2015 news report on Hiroshima survivors and their children, the children appear to be in perfect health. Assuming that people somehow survived the radiation, there are no deformed animals in the area.
Moreover, the fact that all communication services in Japan, which remained under the American mandate until 1952, were censored strengthens the allegations. “During the siege, not only was it forbidden to criticize America or the allied forces, but even talk of censorship was censored,” says David Rosenfeld, an American historian who studied in Japan.
Of course, it is not right to look only at these claims and say that atomic bombs were not dropped. These views only make us look at things from a different perspective and question them.

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