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To the Editor: FDR and Churchill planned ahead for war
About Stanley Campbell’s and Mike St. Angel’s (Aug. 18-24, 2010 issue) comments about the 1945 nuking of Japan:
The first book I ever bought about documented proofs of FDR’s breaking neutrality laws and provocations to Japan and Germany, and FDR’s foreknowledge of the attack on Pearl Harbor, was A Time For War by Robert Smith Thompson, Prentice Hall Press, 1991. See also Day of Deceit by Robert B. Stinnett, Simon & Schuster, c. 2000.
Some weeks ago, I saw on TV a PBS documentary about the nukes on Japan; it said Germany was going to be nuked, but V-E Day came before the nukes were ready. So Japan got them.
Back in high school, one of my teachers explained that the Japanese surrender, usually depicted as unconditional, was actually conditional, the one condition being that the emperor would be allowed to remain on his throne, albeit as a figurehead. Let’s see some history buffs write in on this.
The FDR administration provoked war and pretended it didn’t. The British government declared war when none of England’s vital interests was at stake, and the Churchill administration began the policy of bombing civilian areas, and then pretended that the German raids of retaliation after three months of that were a first offense. See Death of A City, a magazine-style publication by Michael McLaughlin, Phoenix Publications, 1992, reprinted by Truth At Last Books in Marietta, Ga. See also Advance to Barbarism by F. J. P. Veale, 1948, first U.S. edition 1953 by C. C. Nelson (Appleton, Wis.). Latest edition 1993 by the Institute for Historical Review, Calif.
In the ’90s, I read that papers in Britain were made public that showed that Churchill wanted to hit Germany with something called “anthrax bombs”—which would have left large areas of Germany uninhabitable for decades, but the bombs weren’t ready yet when V-E Day came.
Roger B. Dahlberg
From the Oct. 13-19, 2010 issue