Been watching Oliver Stone’s “History of the United States” on Netflix. I’ve read a lot of history, but this is really eye-opening stuff. Particularly, my opinion of Harry Truman has been completely altered. He knew the Japanese were going to surrender, but chose to drop the world’s first atomic bombs anyway, against the advice of the scientists who developed it and indeed 6 out of 7 of his own generals, simply to show the Soviets that America would not hesitate to invoke vast civilian casualties. In that context, it has to be one of the most reprehensible decisions in the history of the world.
Of course he was also an enthusiastic racist to his core, and did not see the Japanese as human beings.
I would recommend this series to anyone who wants to get beyond the propaganda and find a more accurate picture of the true heroes and villains of our recent history.
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I’ve gone down this topic very deeply over the last few months with 3-20+ hour-long audiobooks, several documentaries and so on.
Emperor Naruhito (era name: Reiwa) formally took the position May 1st in a brief ceremony ￼after his father Heisei (formerly Akihito) formally abdicated his role as Japan’s 125th emperor. ￼
Today comes another ceremony – a formal enthronement – to be attended by some several hundred foreign dignitaries etc. etc. including a representative from South Korea, a neighbor with whom they share a lot of ummm… *challenging history* to say the least.
First, the Emperor and Empress Masako will visit 3 sacred sanctuaries to alert and Sun Goddess, their ancestors and umm… some other entities, of their intentions.
Then will formally sit upon the throne and offer up a speech to the assembled dignitaries and their country at large.
Originally there was motorcade planned to follow, but with last week’s typhoon, and the ensuing cleanup, the parade is pushed back until November, which means another day of various festivities to observe.￼