Tuesday, August 07, 2012

 

Truthdig: Chris Hedges on “The Science of Genocide”


On this day in 1945 the United States demonstrated that it was as morally bankrupt as the Nazi machine it had recently vanquished and the Soviet regime with which it was allied. Over Hiroshima, and three days later over Nagasaki, it exploded an atomic device that was the most efficient weapon of genocide in human history. The blast killed tens of thousands of men, women and children. It was an act of mass annihilation that was strategically and militarily indefensible. The Japanese had been on the verge of surrender. Hiroshima and Nagasaki had no military significance. It was a war crime for which no one was ever tried.


I usually snip a short quotation from articles that I’d like to recommend to you to read, but in this case, I’m afraid that snipping any more than the above could prove discouraging. As we learn more in today’s news about the white supremacist who was responsible for the killings at the Sikh temple in Colorodo, Chris Hedges’ article may be hard to read just now. We’ve just had a demonstration of some of the aspects of human nature that he writes about.

The Truthdig article The Science of Genocide (Truthdig.com, 8/6/2012) is divided into two pages. Do click over to page 2, that’s where Hedges gets into his meat of his subject.



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