By Manuel E. Yepe
The figure in 1950 reached 200,000 deaths due to the subsequent effects of nuclear radiation. A few days later, a second atomic bomb, also dropped by Washington, fell on another even more populated Japanese city. In Nagasaki, some 300,000 more people were killed.
By December 1941, the Japanese empire had occupied a considerable part of the coasts of China, Korea, and the French colonies of Indochina (Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia) committing atrocities in much of the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). In 1944 he attacked Hawaii, a possession of the United States.
The government of Japan was then a military dictatorship nominally headed by an Emperor who had crushed all democratic dissent, outlawed the communist party, and practiced a very aggressive foreign policy against his neighbors. But by 1945 Japan was already a defeated empire. It had lost its oil reserves and its naval fleet had been destroyed. Nazi Germany, his greatest ally, had surrendered in May.
In June of that year, the Japanese regime had communicated to the governments of Sweden, Switzerland and the Soviet Union its intention to surrender, putting as a single condition to negotiate that Emperor Hiroito remain as nominal head of state. However, by the end of 1945, the US government had already made the decision to demonstrate its power and its willingness to assume world leadership by knowing that it was the only possessor of a new and terrible weapon.
The message would be obvious and clear: the United States possesses a terrible weapon and is willing to use it against any nation that opposes its global domination.
The then US president, Harry Truman, justified the use of the atomic weapon after the genocide. "We have used (the atomic bomb) to shorten the agony of war, in order to save the lives of thousands and thousands of young Americans." Upon being informed of the total destruction of Hiroshima by that barbarous crime, the president limited himself to describing it verbatim as "the greatest thing that has happened in history."
From 1945 until today, the United States has been manipulating the nuclear issue as a strategic threat to its domination.
During much of the postwar period, Washington succeeded in imposing on the Soviet Union an onerous arms race to which other novelties of military technique such as intercontinental missiles were incorporated.
Washington, which had concluded the Second World War (IIGM) with less material damage than the other powers and, for this reason, relatively enriched with respect to them, had everything to win in that race.
The US military budget, which exceeds the sum of the combined military budgets of all other countries in the world, has caused the total debt of the US government to also exceed the total external debt of the rest of the countries of the globe.
Washington has been able, until now, to avoid the terrifying consequences of such a disastrous management of its economy thanks to the fact that it enjoys the unique privilege of being able to print its currency, an advantage that allows it to delay indefinitely the settlement of its enormous debt and transfer the harmful effects from this to the whole of the global economy.
The world has lived for some decades pending the probable nuclear outcomes of the "conflicts" that Washington unleashes or raises in any part of the world, whether to provoke a regime change, impose a free trade agreement by violent means; smash so-called "failed" governments and popular movements that resist global corporate empire; promoting the dispossession of oil and other resources in the weakest countries, or other unspeakable purposes.
Although the Cold War ended a quarter of a century ago, nuclear weapons remain at the core of imperialist strategy. The military doctrine of the United States, although it shows a policy of constant wars, aggressions and occupations against various countries, according to everything seems to indicate, points to preparations for a war against Russia and China that would clearly be on a global scale, it would be nuclear and the last of life on Earth.