History Lesson

msquared's picture

Yay, no one likes commenting on my journals.

Has anyone read The People's History of The United States by Howard Zinn? If not, you reeeeeally should. Basically, it turns everything you ever thought about America upside down. Holy crap. For instance, I'm sure you've heard in your social studies classes that to end the war in Japan during WWII we dropped the atomic bomb. It was either that or lose thousands more of American lives in continuing to fight the war, since those darn Japs just wouldn't give up. Did you know that the Japanese had already sent word to Russia that they were planning on surrendering? And that we had already cracked their code and seen the contents of the message? That President Truman himself read it, and dropped the atomic bomb anyway? You wouldn't guess why. After Germany was defeated, it was agreed between the US and Russia that Russia would have 90 days to recoup before helping us out to fight the Japanese. But if they helped to defeat Japan, they could lay claim to the island alongside the US. The higher-ups in the US government didn't want that; they wanted complete US control of Japan and all of its economic resources. So they needed to defeat Japan before the 90 days was up; before August 8. Coincidentally the same day the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. *gong of enlightenment goes off*

That's all I wanted to say.

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jeff's picture

Hmm...

I've heard of the book, but never read it. Sounds like something I wouldn't want to read while GWB is still in office, there's enough ineptitude and lies with the present without looking to the past just yet. Maybe after Obama is elected...

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music is life's picture

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As I've gotten older I've realized that America really isnt that great. Our healthcare system sucks, our government lies to us, and we only allow certain people in our army. I honestly believe that China is going to take over the world, but thats a completly different matter...

kumar2011's picture

eh...

yeah...when i was a kid....i thought america rocked and that we r the best and can kicked any countries ass....it faded when i became political...and im only 15...eh...

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