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The Nuking Of Japan Was
Tactically And Morally Justified

Forbes, by Henry I. Miller

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Posted By:StormCnter, 8/5/2014 5:40:40 AM

As they decided whether to use the United States’ atomic bombs on Japan in 1945, Allied military planners and political leaders had to weigh carefully the costs and benefits for the American people, present and future. They made the correct choice. Tomorrow will mark one of the United States’ most important–but least recognized–anniversaries. It is remarkable not only for what happened on that date in 1945 but for what did not happen subsequently. What did happen was that the Enola Gay, an American B-29 Superfortress bomber from the intentionally obscure 509th Composite Group (a U.S. Army Air Force unit tasked with deploying

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: HistoryBuff, 8/5/2014 7:05:52 AM     (No. 9953668)

When the subject comes up, I always ask the protester: Did Imperial Japan have a nuclear program?

(The answer is yes.)

If so, (see above) who do you think they would use it on?

When the race card comes up, (you only used it on ´yellow people´, I answer - the day Imperial Japan surrendered, Imperial Japan stopped systematically killing Chinese, Filipinos Koreans, Indochinese, Thais, and Burmese, so yes, there was a racial factor here.

More people were killed in the fire bombings than in the 2 nuke events.

Ah, about the second bomb? Imperial Japan wanted to surrender earlier, but the Soviets were not passing the message on, because they wanted to gain more real estate.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pros7767, 8/5/2014 7:54:23 AM     (No. 9953714)

This generation of leaders would not have used the bomb because it was not "compassionate." Instead hundreds of thousands more would have perished.

Japan could have surrendered after Hiroshima but did not, necessitating Nagasaki.

It was clearly the right choice.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: The Architect, 8/5/2014 8:01:58 AM     (No. 9953724)

The reason the Japanese High Command did not surrender after the Hiroshima bombing was because they thought it was a "one-off". They did not know what it was, but they thought that to inflict that much damage in a single bombing would take an enormous amount of bombs and many still thought it was multiple coordinated bombing and not a single weapon. They thought we could not possibly have enough bombs to do it again or that if it were one weapon and not many, we only had one. They were wrong.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ilovedogs, 8/5/2014 8:29:47 AM     (No. 9953764)

Back in the 80s there was a "true" life movie of some guy who went to teach English in Japan. After the class got somewhat proficient in English, they asked with sad faces why we bombed them. The teacher couldn´t answer. I threw my slipper at the TV ranting Pearl Harbor. What other country warned about the weapon, dropped one, waited 3 days for an answer then dropped another one??? Only we could do that and then still blame ourselves. I´m going to find another slipper.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: krause, 8/5/2014 8:58:18 AM     (No. 9953805)

The democrats all hate Truman, right?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Guard SGT (ret), 8/5/2014 10:04:22 AM     (No. 9953919)

After the disaster that was the Potsdam Conference when Stalin showed his greed, the US and Britain no longer wanted Stalin in the war. So the bomb was used to prevent Stalin froing Japan like he was raping Eastern Europe.

One needs to read the book "Final Victory" to understand.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/5/2014 10:34:12 AM     (No. 9953966)

I was five when the war ended, so my early school years occurred while national wounds were still fresh. Every one of us first, second, third graders knew the dates for V-J Day, V-E Day, Hiroshima Day, Pearl Harbor Day. But only we old folks remember those commemorations today.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: MattMusson, 8/5/2014 10:35:57 AM     (No. 9953970)

After the 1st bomb the ruling council voted to continue fighting.

After the 2nd bomb the ruling council was deadlocked. They could not decide wether to quit or not.

Then, the Emperor of Japan stood up and said the Japan would quit fighting because a world without the Japanese would not be a world at all.

So, after much grumbling and an attempt by military men to kidnap the Emperor - Japan surrendered.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: lancer12, 8/5/2014 10:37:33 AM     (No. 9953974)

Bikini Atoll is now a vacation destination with CORAL REEFS. Nuking is not the end of yhe world. People all over suffer during wars, and most of the time it´s not really their faul.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mathman, 8/5/2014 1:58:35 PM     (No. 9954206)

I was alive in 1945. Yes sir I was. I remember VJ day. That was the day my dad got reclassified 1A. He had been deferred due to TB.
The Army had purchsed 750,000 body bags. They fully expected to lose that many soldiers in the Japan invasion. My dad would have come home in one of them.
The Japanese suffered from the delusion that they were destined to rule the world. See the rape of Nanking if you doubt me.
And the US was in the way of the Co-Prosperity Sphere. So the US had to go.
Justified? Only if you know the pesky details.
Read Unbroken for the treatment our captured soldiers endured in Japan. It was ugly!
By the way, the movie is coming out in December. Go see it!

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