In his article "The Lies Of Hiroshima Are The Lies Of Today," John Pilger writes
The most enduring lie is that the atomic bomb was dropped to end the war in the Pacific and save lives. "Even without the atomic bombing attacks," concluded the United States Strategic Bombing Survey of 1946, "air supremacy over Japan could have exerted sufficient pressure to bring about unconditional surrender and obviate the need for invasion. Based on a detailed investigation of all the facts, and supported by the testimony of the surviving Japanese leaders involved, it is the Survey's opinion that ... Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated."
The National Archives in Washington contain US government documents that chart Japanese peace overtures as early as 1943. None was pursued. A cable sent on May 5, 1945 by the German ambassador in Tokyo and intercepted by the US dispels any doubt that the Japanese were desperate to sue for peace, including "capitulation even if the terms were hard". Instead, the US secretary of war, Henry Stimson, told President Truman he was "fearful" that the US air force would have Japan so "bombed out" that the new weapon would not be able "to show its strength". He later admitted that "no effort was made, and none was seriously considered, to achieve surrender merely in order not to have to use the bomb". His foreign policy colleagues were eager "to browbeat the Russians with the bomb held rather ostentatiously on our hip". General Leslie Groves, director of the Manhattan Project that made the bomb, testified: "There was never any illusion on my part that Russia was our enemy, and that the project was conducted on that basis."
Well, put it in racist perspective. The Japanese were little, yellow, subhuman men in pajamas with coke bottle glasses and buckteeth who did a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Of course, none of that was correct. It was just quick and dirty racial stereotyping for the sake of pro-war propaganda. The U.S. propagandists did to the Japanese what the Nazis did to the Jews — depicted them in the worst possible light. That's not to say that the Americans or Japanese or Germans or Jews were any of them entirely guiltless or guilty as nations. There were and are good and bad behaving Americans, Japanese, Germans, and Jews. The thing is that this was not lost on the adult decision makers at the time. They were not nearly as unsophisticated as people today would like to imagine they were.
Anyway, today we see the same quick and dirty stereotyping especially of Arabs and now Iranians by primarily Jews but not without plenty of Jewish dissenters who are becoming more and more vocal — thank God, literally.
However, that doesn't alleviate the Iranians from huge responsibilities.
What all of this means is that not much has changed. "The more things change, the more they stay the same" is the old adage. Really, the human race has made little progress since the Roman Empire. It wouldn't take much to step from where we are now to the excesses of the Arena. The Nazis sure managed, and the U.S. has been moving decidedly toward Nazism in many respects.