Jon Stewart Backs Down?! Disappointing.

On a recent show, Jon Stewart said that he thought Harry Truman should have been tried as a war criminal for authorizing dropping nuclear bombs on the civilian population of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He backed it up with some justification as to why the acts were just plain wrong. I cheered when I heard it because it’s very rarely that I hear Americans recognize the fact that the bombings were completely unjustified and a war crime of huge proportions. Even my American friends who are pro-justice and anti-war find it extremely hard to say “Yes, the bombings were wrong”. They justify it anyway they can.

Then, on last night’s show, he started by apologizing, saying he was wrong, and completely backing down!

You have to wonder what happened behind the scenes? I totally don’t believe his whole “Oh I knew it was wrong when I said it” shtick. The powers-that-be obviously came down on him HARD. But which powers? The Comedy Central powers? MTV? Viacom? And why? It’s not like Stewart doesn’t say lots of things that the elite don’t like on a nightly basis. Why this one statement?

If anyone can help me understand it, I’d appreciate it. Here’s Stewart talking about the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki:

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Here’s the segment where he backs down:

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GDay World 369 – The Marathon

OMFG. Last night I did a live show with my most-excellent co-host Mr Nick Hodge and WE TALKED FOR FOUR HOURS. I kid you not. I only recorded the first THREE HOURS and I present them to you here (well the audio version anyway – to see the video you have to turn up on the night). Oh and this audio recording only has two of the five live numbers I performed during the show. One was in the pre-show festivities (“Come On Eileen”) and there were a couple during the post-show wind-down (including “Ship Song”by Nick Cave).

During this four hour marathon, Nick and I discussed:

    Australia’s National Broadband Network
    America’s bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    Whether or not Nick is an atheist or an agnostic
    The financial crisis scam and what we might replace capitalism with
    The ethics of veganism
    The Church of LOTU
    The historicity of Jesus (or lack thereof)

And much, much more.

Listen to the full three hours – if you dare.

Tune in to future live shows every Tuesday night at 8pm here.