Posted by aogFriday, 11 April 2003 at 23:05
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I was involved in an argument
about whether the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were “one of the biggest war crimes in history”. What occurred to me is that all of the truly large crimes were done during “peace”. If we just look at the last century or so, we have as just an initial list the Japanese suppresion of Korean culture, the Armenian genocide, the Jewish Holocaust, the Soviet famines, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, the Killing Fields of Cambodia. All of these were far more horrific than both nuclear attacks put together. Yet none are “war crimes” because they were visited on populations already under the control of the perpetrators so no war was required. So when the Tranzis
go on about war crimes, just remember that the “war” qualifier is designed to exclude the real crimes of the century.