In a shocking turn of events, David Barton told a lie about American history last week. And this time it wasn’t about the founding fathers and religion. This time he claimed that the U.S. told the Japanese “exactly which cities we were going to bomb and when” before Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
“We dropped 70 million pamphlets in Japan telling the Japanese exactly which cities we were going to bomb and when and what bombs we would use on them,” Barton said. “We said, ‘We do not want to hurt civilians but we are going to destroy the military side of this, we urge all civilians to leave Nagasaki, to leave Hiroshima.’ We gave 29 cities that we were going to bomb because they were loaded up with military stuff. And, by the way, they said, ‘We have a bomb that has never been seen by the world before, it is the equivalent of 5,000 B-29s dropping their bombs at the same time. It’s one bomb; you need leave those cities, get out of those cities, we don’t want to hurt you’ … Because we told them what cities we were going to be bombing, we’d also told the Japanese where they could set up their guns to shoot our planes down as we come over. So we put ourselves in jeopardy in that.”
And now, truth!
What actually happened was that the U.S dropped millions of leaflets on dozens of cities, warning that “some or all of the cities named on the reverse side will be destroyed by American bombs” and urging residents to evacuate:
Read this carefully as it may save your life or the life of a relative or friend. In the next few days, some or all of the cities named on the reverse side will be destroyed by American bombs. These cities contain military installations and workshops or factories which produce military goods. We are determined to destroy all of the tools of the military clique which they are using to prolong this useless war. But, unfortunately, bombs have no eyes. So, in accordance with America’s humanitarian policies, the American Air Force, which does not wish to injure innocent people, now gives you warning to evacuate the cities named and save your lives. America is not fighting the Japanese people but is fighting the military clique which has enslaved the Japanese people. The peace which America will bring will free the people from the oppression of the military clique and mean the emergence of a new and better Japan. You can restore peace by demanding new and good leaders who will end the war. We cannot promise that only these cities will be among those attacked but some or all of them will be, so heed this warning and evacuate these cities immediately.
It’s almost refreshing to see this young entrepreneur branch out and offer a whole new service of lying about something other than the founding of the country. It’s that kind of go-getter that has made America great.