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Truman radio speech to the nation

August 9, 1945

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‘The great masses of people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.’ Adolf Hitler, 1939.

Harry S. Truman, 1945: “The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, in so far as possible, the killing of civilians. But that attack is only a warning of things to come. If Japan does not surrender, bombs will have to be dropped on her war industries and, unfortunately, thousands of civilian lives will be lost. I urge Japanese civilians to leave industrial cities immediately, and save themselves from destruction.”


President Truman radio speech to the nation from the White House at 10 p.m. Washington time on August 9, 1945. He called Hiroshima ‘a military base’. By that time, the second atomic bomb already had destroyed the city of Nagasaki (another military base?). Very good addendum for Orwell's Newspeak. — Dag.

Listen the part of Truman's lie:
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This text taken from: ‘Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Harry S. Truman, Containing the Public Messages, Speeches and Statements of the President April 12 to December 31, 1945’ (Washington D. C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1961) page 212. The full text also was published in the New York Times, August 10, 1945, page 12.

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