"What the Japanese Imperial government could not do in 250 years of persecution (ie, destroy Japanese Christianity) American Christians did in mere seconds"
"An irradiated crucifix lies in the ruins of the Urakami Cathedral Following the Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki"
73 years ago (August 9, 1945) an all-Christian bomber crew dropped a plutonium bomb over Nagasaki City, Japan, instantly vaporizing, incinerating or otherwise annihilating tens of thousands of innocent civilians, a disproportionately large number of them Japanese Christians. The explosion mortally wounded uncountable thousands of other victims who succumbed to the blast, the intense heat and/or the radiation.
In 1945, the US was regarded as the most Christian nation in the world. (Christian, that is, if you can label as truly Christian a nation whose churches are proponents of 1) eye-for-an-eye retaliation, 2) are supportive of (at least by their silence) America's military and economic exploitation of other nations and 3) fail to sincerely and thoroughly teach the ethics of Jesus as taught in his manifesto, the Sermon on the Mount). Sadly, the two military chaplains of the Nagasaki bomber crew were also products of those institutional failures to teach what Jesus taught – and then live that way – as has been the case for the vast majority of Christians, both clergy and lay, for the past 1700 years.
Ironically, prior to the bomb exploding nearly directly over the Urakami Cathedral at 11:02 AM, Nagasaki was the most Christian city in Japan, and the massive cathedral was the largest Christian church in the Orient.
Those baptized and confirmed Christian airmen, following their wartime orders to the letter, did their job efficiently, and they accomplished the mission with military pride, albeit with a breath-taking number of near-fatal glitches in the mission. Most of us Americans would have done what the crew did if we had been in the shoes of the Bock's Car crew. And, if we had never seen, heard or smelled the suffering humanity that the bomb caused on the ground, most of us would not have experienced any remorse for our participation in what was retrospectively regarded as a war crime – especially if we had been treated as heroes in the aftermath.
Indeed, the use of the most monstrous weapons of mass destruction in the history of warfare, was later defined by the Nuremberg Tribunal as an international war crime and a crime against humanity.