The dropping of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were war crimes. To date, the US Establishment has never accepted that it was an inhumane act. Additionally, they have never been held accountable for the single greatest loss of life in human history, which was the firebombing of Tokyo on 9/10 March, 1945, during which, conservative estimates state that, more than 100,000 civilians were killed and over 1 million were left without homes. Napalm bombs were used to ignite the wooden structures. The resultant firestorm destroyed 16 square miles of central Tokyo.
The targets of all of these attacks were civilians. Japanese men, women and children who were not fighting a war but were trying to live a life. The US government, and its military, used those innocent people as guinea pigs in an attempt to observe the effects of their new weapons upon humans. It was unconscionable then and remains so today.
The following article looks at that terrible time and the experience of some of those victims who survived.