Someone pointed out to me that the white people should be ashamed of dropping the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. To be honest, I'm not ashamed one damned little bit. I wouldn't say I'm necessarily proud of it either, but I'm not ashamed of it. It was wartime, and the thought was that if the Allies (principally the US) had to invade Japan to end the war, casualties would be horrendously high, on BOTH sides. So Truman decided to drop the A-bomb instead as a show of what could be done to Japan, with very little loss of life on the US side, IF Japan didn't take the hint and surrender. That's the simple version. I'm sure there are a thousand other reasons that I haven't mentioned, and which some think are the more relevant reasons. But I think what I said was the relevant reason, and I doubt anyone can disprove my assumption. If you think you can, you are invited to show me.
Something else to think about, suppose we hadn't dropped the bomb. Do you REALLY think Japan would have surrendered WITHOUT the allied forces invading? NO, they wouldn't. And when I say "allies" that includes the Russians too, who were getting ready for THEIR invasion of Japan. What do you suppose would have happened to Japan if Russia had invaded? Easy, Japan would have been split like Korea was. But I suppose losing millions of people on both sides, and having your country divided into communist and non-communist states is preferable to having approximately 240,000+ die in a demonstration of US atomic capabilities.
Again, I'd like to reiterate that I wish we could have found a way to end the war without dropping the two A-bombs, but as far as I can see, there was no viable alternative, specially since the Japanese high command had no intention of surrendering prior to Aug. 6-9, 1945.
And if you think that Japan WAS ready to surrender prior to the A-bomb attacks, ask yourself this:
A) for a nation that was, according to the argument, falling all over itself to give up, why didn't they surrender immediately after the first bomb? Instead, they waited something like 3 days and did nothing, then, after we dropped the second bomb, they still didn't do all that much for 2 or 3 more days.
B) For a nation so ready to surrender, why were they preparing to repel an invasion? THOUSANDS of Kamikaze aircraft were being made ready, ditto Kamikaze ships and boats, Hundreds of thousands of people with NO RIFLES OR ARTILLERY were being given spears, swords, & knives to rush the beaches.
Japan had been told: Unconditional surrender - and instead of surrendering, they prepared to defend the Home Islands. It wasn't until TWO cities have been destroyed, each by a SINGLE plane, utterly, that they finally decided to surrender.
What do you think? Email me at email@example.com with your questions or comments.
The last questions were suggested by Scott Hann, from the soc.history.war.world-war-ii newsgroup.
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