There are myriad facets of the the Manhattan Project's evils. They are so numerous that one could spend an entire career cataloguing and discussing them.
Last week, I took a break from my documentary's focus on the Radiological Weapons Group and dove a bit into the weapon's actual effect on its Japanese victims. I discovered this tweet by Anti-Imperialist researcher @gumby4christ:
I immediately sent an email to James Corbett with the link—my mind kind of boggled that I had never heard of this before.
What do you think about this interview? Is it as disturbing and James and I found it? Do you think that the pilot of the Enola Gay should be given the opportunity to apologize? Do you think his apology should be heard and, possibly even accepted? Do you think it was fair of the show hosts to ambush Mr. Tanimoto with this confrontation?
For those of you cats on Tiktok, I made a little video posing these questions (as a correction, Mr. Tanimoto's immediate family survived the bombing, but he was at ground zero soon after providing aid to victims):
It ultimately made me think—for all the (righteous) American uproar over the bomb's use, there really isn't much focus at all on the actual victims of the bomb.
If you follow Gumby4Christ's above Twitter thread, you'll find a link to the harrowing little HBO documentary "White Light, Black Rain" that actually describes and documents the visceral terror that befell those poor, unnecesary souls.
As we approach the anniversary of Hiroshima, I think it might behoove us all to watch the documentary and remember that on the root of antiwar activism is the grotesque and barbaric slaughter of innocents.
Here are a few:
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