[This excerpt from http://www.thewe.cc/weplanet/news/asia/japan/hiroshima_cover_up.htm, details the exposure of the nature of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima 65 years ago today–and the efforts of the US military to suppress the story. The bombing of Hiroshima was a war crime (an attack on a civilian population to effect a political change) with the atomic bomb, which was specifically developed as the ideal weapon for an indiscriminate attack on a civilian population. As such it was the largest terrorist act in history. Today, in Hiroshima, the US sent a representative to the Hiroshima commemoration of the bombing for the first time. He made no apology. Protestors there raised a sign, “U.S., take your nukes and go home.”-ed.]
by Amy Goodman and David Goodman
— I. F. Stone, Journalist
The burnt street ... looking toward North West from the explosion center.
At the dawn of the nuclear age, an independent Australian journalist named Wilfred Burchett traveled to Japan to cover the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The only problem was that General Douglas MacArthur had declared southern Japan off-limits, barring the press.
Over 200,000 people died in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but no Western journalist witnessed the aftermath and told the story. The world’s media obediently crowded onto the USS Missouri off the coast of Japan to cover the surrender of the Japanese.
Wilfred Burchett decided to strike out on his own. He was determined to see for himself what this nuclear bomb had done, to understand what this vaunted new weapon was all about. So he boarded a train and traveled for thirty hours to the city of Hiroshima in defiance of General MacArthur’s orders.
Burchett emerged from the train into a nightmare world. The devastation that confronted him was unlike any he had ever seen during the war.
The city of Hiroshima, with a population of 350,000, had been razed.
Multistory buildings were reduced to charred posts. Continue reading →