Sunday, July 16, 2006


Mock tribunal finds Truman guilty by dropping A-bombs

Monday, July 17, 2006 at 07:00 EDT

HIROSHIMA — A mock tribunal organized by lawyers and civic groups found on Sunday former U.S. President Harry Truman and former U.S. military officials guilty of committing crimes against humanity and violating international law by dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 in World War II.

Wrapping up the two-day tribunal at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum building, three law experts from the United States, Costa Rica and Japan posing as judges recommended that the United States apologize to atomic-bomb survivors, pay damages to them and promise never to use nuclear weapons again.

Lennox Hinds, a U.S. professor specializing in international law who acted as a judge, said the bombings were the act of "an indiscriminate extermination of all forms of life" and that the targeted cities were like "guinea pigs" used in experiments to measure the impact of an atomic bombing.Crisscross

t is very likely that 90% of the people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were innocents, had no say in the start of this war, and I am sure a majority of them were women and children.

Sure, the bombs helped to end the war quickly. But I doubt the reason for that was concern over the fate of Japanese people. And finally, if Japan had won the war, I bet they too would have said what happened in Nanking was to end the war quickly. "To show what we were capable of", you know



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