God is on the Side of Us Americans. “He May Guide Us to Use It [Nuclear Weapons] In His Ways and for His Purposes”: Truman

First published by Global Research on Hiroshima Day, August 6, 2017

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 a preemptive basis (self defense) against alleged enemies of America. In Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, “one hundred thousand people were killed or doomed within 9 seconds”, on the orders of President Truman. And the Americans were told that Hiroshima was a “military base”.

“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”.

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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


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About the author:

Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal, Editor of Global Research.  He has taught as visiting professor in Western Europe, Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Latin America. He has served as economic adviser to governments of developing countries and has acted as a consultant for several international organizations. He is the author of eleven books including The Globalization of Poverty and The New World Order (2003), America’s “War on Terrorism” (2005), The Global Economic Crisis, The Great Depression of the Twenty-first Century (2009) (Editor), Towards a World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War (2011), The Globalization of War, America's Long War against Humanity (2015). He is a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica.  His writings have been published in more than twenty languages. In 2014, he was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit of the Republic of Serbia for his writings on NATO's war of aggression against Yugoslavia. He can be reached at [email protected]

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