Hollywood movie director Oliver Stone is set to visit Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa Prefecture for the first time next month, and he has promised to reveal “disturbing facts” about the atomic bombings of 1945, as well as other little-known historical facts. He discovered these findings while he was producing the TV documentary series, “The Untold History of the United States”.
The documentary was Stone’s writing collaboration with Peter Kuznick, a 65-year-old associate professor of history at American University. It presented an alternative view of contemporary American history, and in one of the 10 episodes, they tackled the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the only nuclear weapon attacks in history. The episode showed that there was a lot of opposition from people in the Truman administration with regards to the plan to attack Japan with atomic bombs. They showed the process that led to the decision to push through with the attack, but the documentary’s position was that it was possible to end World War II without having to resort to the bombing. This is contrary to the generally accepted idea that was the only way to avoid invading Japan using conventional forces.
Kuznick goes to Hiroshima and Nagasaki annually through an educational organization, the Peace Philosophy Center, and he brings his students along. Stone decided to join this year because he wanted to meet with the survivors of the bombings and listen to their experiences. “Peter and I hope to reach as much of the Japanese public as possible with the disturbing findings of ‘The Untold History of the United States’ ”, he added. As for Okinawa, he wants to meet the people living in the area that is “in the forefront of the civil struggle against militarism and colonialism.” He said he wanted to hear the opinions of the people about the fact that the southern island hosts 70% of the US bases that are in Japan. “I intend to show solidarity with their powerful movement, which is an inspiration to anti-base forces everywhere,” he concludes.
[ via Asahi Shimbun ]