The Oppenheimer movie has come at a pretty interesting time. A time where the gloss of the American sheen has well and truly tarnished in the eyes of many. Countless people in the world are victims of the United States financial and pharmaceutical industries and are tired of Hollywood's twisted lecturing and hectoring. That's not even counting the people who are victims of the U.S. war machine that perpetuates war for the profit of their weapons industry. People we should count because they are many and have suffered much. For too long the West has largely ignored how the globalist empire has crushed smaller nations through the United States, but now many people in the West are victims of other American industries.
So, rah rah America is falling flat for more and more people. And a big movie promoting the awesomeness of the United States with the atomic bomb is about the worst PR America can have right now. Especially considering there was never any military reason for dropping the two atomic bombs anyway.
This was known at the time, and Vox Day has shared a fascinating article on his own blog showing how this was discussed in the American media. So you cannot call this liberal revisionism. Japan had sued for peace months before the bombs were dropped because they feared being conquered by Russia. A valid thing to be terrified about. America responded by ignoring their pleas for peace and inflicting further suffering...the era of American dominance of the world had begun.
The first time I heard facts along this line, several years ago, I rejected them. Because they are pretty worldview shattering. But I've learnt so much since then about how our own side committed so many atrocities. And how all out for war many of the western leaders, especially Churchill and Roosevelt, were. They were in the business of dominance. They were in the business of crushing any and all competition as thoroughly as possible. They lusted for war in a way that is thoroughly disturbing.
America is no longer a power that can get away with doing what it pretty much likes. So many people around the world have been woken up in the post-Trump era to how much of a lie the idea of the “liberal West” is. A lot of people today are far more aware of the injustice of the forever wars, and more and more nations are breaking away from the dominance of Washington. This means that many of the past crimes of the American government are going to be increasingly given new light and new framing. It is terrible to think that the crimes of Nagasaki and Hiroshima were not only whitewashed, but celebrated. And it is going to fall flat for a lot of people in today’s post covid world to see Hollywood and some U.S. elites still celebrating these crimes against humanity.
There was once a time when those of us who did not like these events would say, “well America was forced to do this, because they needed to save lives…” “They had good intentions…” “They were choosing the best option of a bad selection…” But it is becoming increasingly clear that they just wanted what every other world empire wanted: complete dominance, and they were willing to kill innocents to get it, just like many other empires.
There is much to love about America. Much to love. But the constant war machine is not among those things.