On August 9, 1945 on the day the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, president Truman, in a radio address to the American people, concluded that God is on the side of America with regards to the use of nuclear weapons and that “He May guide us to use it [nuclear weapons] in His ways and His purposes”. A somewhat contradictory discourse which seems embedded in US nuclear doctrine.
According to Truman: God is with us, he will decide if and when to use the bomb:[We must] prepare plans for the future control of this bomb. I shall ask the Congress to cooperate to the end that its production and use be controlled, and that its power be made an overwhelming influence towards world peace.
We must constitute ourselves trustees of this new force–to prevent its misuse, and to turn it into the channels of service to mankind.
It is an awful responsibility which has come to us.
We thank God that it [nuclear weapons] has come to us, instead of to our enemies; and we pray that He may guide us to use it [nuclear weapons] in His ways and for His purposes
Harry Truman, August 9, 1945
Truman’s statement is diabolical. It intimates that nuclear weapons are a “Gift of God” to Us Americans.
According to the Vatican Council of Bishops: “Any act of war aimed indiscriminately at the destruction of entire cities or of extensive areas along with their population [Hiroshma and Nagasaki] is a crime against God and man himself.” (Gaudium et Spes, “Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World,” Second Vatican Council).
We must understand that: “Crime against God and man himself” is now part of a Pentagon military agenda which consists in using nuclear weapons on preemptive basis against alleged enemies of America. In Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, “one hundred thousand people were killed or doomed within 9 seconds”.
“His Ways and His Purposes”
Theologians can ponder on the implications of Truman’s words which are embedded in the mindset of US foreign policy makers from George Kennan who formulated the “Truman doctrine” to the Neocons.
A word of hope from Bob Dylan:
“If God’s on our side, He’ll stop the next war”.
I have a dream, we have a dream: criminalize war, abolish nuclear weapons, unseat the war criminals in high office, restore “sanity” in US foreign policy…
Rise up against the dangers of nuclear war.
Spread the word far and wide.
Michel Chossudovsky, Hiroshima Day, August 6, 2017
Bob Dylan, With God on Our Side