“Our philosophies may differ, but I am proud of you. You truly are a kind child.” These were Fugaku’s last words before his son slews him with his own hands. Tears rolled down Itachi’s cheeks as he endured the sins of his predecessors and carried out the Uchiha massacre. Years have passed since that fateful day, and the shinobi world has changed drastically, but that’s no good reason to forget the blood-stained pages of Konoha’s history.
The Uchiha clan massacre is something too gruesome for anyone to forget, and as I write this article, my heart aches to recall those graphic scenes. You know what, it’s easy to die for the nation, at least compared to what Itachi did. He lived the most excruciating life for Konoha, before which death seems like a luxury. Even after being looked down upon by everyone, he kept spying on the Akatsuki to ensure the village’s safety.
If it weren’t for Itachi’s extreme measures, Konoha would have suffered from the cruelty of civil war followed by other Great Nations making the most of this instability. However, there’s far more to the Uchiha massacre that left Itachi with no other option.
A Walk Down The History
Uchiha clan has a history of clashing with other clans, especially its arch-rival, the Senju clan. Konohagakure yields back to the times of the great lordship of Madara Uchiha and Hashirama Senju and was established to stop this never-ending cycle of hatred. However, hatred slowly found its way to stain the hearts of the people, resulting in a chain of discriminating measures and betrayals.
Those were the dark days of Konoha when Tobirama looked down upon the Uchiha clan as the bestowed dark side of a realistic ninja society. He went on with his discriminating policies targetting the Uchiha, which reignited the flames of hatred within the Uchiha. The highly sensitive situation get worse over the years, ultimately resulting in the Uchiha massacre.
Chain of Event that Forced Discrimination Against the Uchihas
The most enigmatic important event that led to the origin of the Naruto series, the attack of the Nine-tailed Fox. This event marked Namikaze Minato’s death, and once again, Konoha fell in the weak hands of Hiruzen Sarutobi.
Controlling the Fox demon is certainly beyond any ordinary individual. Only the ones bearing Sharingan can think of pulling off such a stunt. As expected, suspicion fell upon the Uchihas for plotting the Kurama attack. Slowly the Uchiha territory got isolated and segregated, thereby making them live like immigrants within their own village. Thus, the Uchihas clan under Fugaku decided to revolt against Konoha to reclaim their lost position.
The ‘Danzo’ Problem
Almost all the major problems in the entire Naruto series are in some way related to Danzo, and the Uchiha clan massacre was no exception. Being the in-charge of all ‘not-to-be-named affairs of the village, he took it upon himself to deal with the growing Uchiha dissatisfaction once for all. He not only despised the Uchihas for their visual powers but also saw them as nothing more than a threat to his ambitious plans.
Itachi’s initial plan was to end this unnecessary war with Shisui’s kotoamatsukami jutsu. However, this plan went in vain when Danzo took away Shisui’s eye to use it for his selfish motives. He thought that taking away the strongest Uchiha eyes would prevent them from being used against the village. He was just too blinded with greed to reanalyze the situation and work accordingly.
Itachi has always been a peace-loving boy, to begin with. The gruesome moments he witnessed during the war left behind irreparable scars in his heart. He was well aware of the pain and suffering that a war can bring and was ready to do anything and everything to avoid it. With Kotoamatsukami gone, there was no other way of stopping the Uchiha coup d’etat. Fugaku was serious about revolting against the village and showed absolutely no intention of backing off. Itachi tried his best to convince him, but it wasn’t of any use.
The Uchiha revolution would have resulted in a large-scale civil war, thereby affecting the stability and security of Konoha. Being left unchecked could have resulted in another Great Shinobi War since the other Ninja nations wouldn’t have missed this opportunity to gang up on Konoha. Come on, we all must unanimously agree that Hiruzen is just too incompetent a leader to solve this mess.
The Uchiha Massacre Day
Moreover, the Uchiha coup wouldn’t be a one-sided slaughter, and blood would have been shed from both parties. No matter who emerged victoriously, it would have kick-started another circle of intense hatred between Uchiha and all other clans, thereby taking us back to those dark days when the concept of ninja village didn’t exist. Apart from that, the Uchihas would have been permanently marked as international criminals. Who knows what other awfully dangerous things could have happened? So, in order to avoid any of it, Itachi teamed up with Madara-controlled Obito Uchiha to plan a mass murder against his own clan.
Danzo was always aware of this execution plan; in fact, he was the one who ordered Itachi to carry out this insane mission. He was such a cold-hearted evil that he shamelessly stole the Sharingans from the dead Uchihas and implanted them in his right arm. Hiruzen suspected Danzo to be the one behind this incident, yet he did nothing to dispose of him. This only convinces us further that Hiruzen’s plan to deal with the Uchiha dissatisfaction with dialogue wouldn’t have worked out either. So it’s safe to say that slaying the entire clan was the only option Itachi had. I mean, think for yourself, wouldn’t he have resorted to any other alternative if there was any?