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Nelson Mandela on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

As we mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela, we are compelled to remember his 2003 speech in Johannesburg, in which he blasted the United States for committing “unspeakable atrocities” against civilians at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

“57 years ago, when Japan was retreating on all fronts, [the U.S.] decided to drop the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Killed a lot of innocent people, who are still suffering from the effects of those bombs [sic].

Those bombs were not aimed against the Japanese. They were aimed against the Soviet Union. To say, look, this is the power that we have. If you dare oppose what we do, this is what will happen to you.

Because they are so arrogant they decided to kill innocent people in Japan who are still suffering from that — who are they now to pretend that they are policemen of the world?”