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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Hiroshima for showing that the
Japanese were willing and trying to surrender, but the US military
wanted to test the atomic bomb on civilian populations first.

Hiroshima

Hiroshima (2005) - 180 minutes
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The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima is Inarguably the Single Most Significant Act of the Twentieth Century.

The atomic bombing of Hiroshima is inarguably the single most significant act of the twentieth century. The landmark three-hour miniseries presents, for the first time, a balanced account of those events leading to the cataclysmic decision, which forever changed the course of human destiny.

Beginning with frenzied final months of World war II, rocketing back and forth between Washington and Tokyo, Alamogordo and Tinian, Hiroshima careens along the rapidly escalating course of the war. Reaching behind the headlines, this story examines at close range the enormous pressures facing newly installed President Truman (Kenneth Welsh, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Royal Scandal) and his chiefs of staff as they wrestle with the unprecedented moral question - whether or not to drop the bomb. In Japan, where an entire culture revolves around principles of self-sacrifice and unquestioning allegiance. Hirohito and his proud Samurai generals face the moral dilemma of whether to surrender or fight on to the bitter end.

Underscoring the dramatic storyline, Hiroshima features a large international cast selected for their unique acting talents and resemblance to key historical figures. The miniseries is conceived to flow seamlessly between documentary/newsreel footage and dramatizations of actual events as they transpired. Punctuated by real interviews of witnesses recounting their personal experiences of the war, Hiroshima creates a rich and moving dramatic tapestry.

8-8-17 The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were war crimes. Full stop!
The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were war crimes. Full stop!
There is no justification for killing hundreds of thousands of civilians! Seventy-two years ago this week the United States committed war crimes against the Japanese people on a scale that was previously unimaginable in human history. It is almost impossible to utter this truism in public without being subjected to a chorus of tediously well-rehearsed, half-understood objections learned from high-school classrooms, pop history, and talk radio. The most common form these replies take is that, so far from being acts of state-sponsored mass murder, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were humanitarian missions meant primarily to save lives: Had it not been for the instantaneous slaughter of some 220,000 people (a conservative estimate), mainly civilians, the war would have been unnecessarily prolonged. It was far better, assuming those projected casualty figures, which since at least 1947 have routinely been estimated upward after the fact, to kill a few hundred thousand civilians rather than risk an equal or greater number of dead American and Japanese soldiers. If this would-be lofty motive were behind the bombings, it would certainly have come as a surprise to President Harry Truman and the American people at the time. Nothing could be more grimly clarifying than the words with which Truman broke the news of Hiroshima to the American people, an address worthy of a Star Wars villain in which he made it clear that he considered the attack, and its forthcoming sequel, a mission of revenge and spoke rapturously of the "marvel" he had unleashed upon the Japanese and the "achievement of scientific brains" that had made it possible. (Webmaster's comment: The American military wanted to test their new mass killing weapon on targets that had little bombing damage so far (because they had little military value) to see their effects on unspoiled targets. So goodby to 220,000 mostly innocent lives thanks to the American military! One of the worst war crimes ever! And we hold our nuclear power over the rest of the world. And we will probably be the first to do it again!)


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Hiroshima

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Hiroshima for showing that the
Japanese were willing and trying to surrender, but the US military
wanted to test the atomic bomb on civilian populations first.