Today is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The question title are allegedly the words of the pilot of the bomber that dropped the bombs on Hiroshima. The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki effectively ended the war thus averting a land invasion of Japan that US generals felt would have cost a million US lives but came at a cost of approx 250,000 japanese lives.
I honestly feel that the US generals were not aware of how devastating the bombs would be and how atomic weapons would change the political landscape for future generations. So say you were a US general in August 1945 but with full knowledge of what would happen - What would you order?
- The bombings go ahead44% (8)59% (17)53% (25)Vote
- No bombings and a land invasion of Japan0% (0)10% (3)6% (3)Vote
- Suggest another option (Please Comment)6% (1)21% (6)15% (7)Vote
- Just Nosey - See Results50% (9)10% (3)26% (12)Vote
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In my opinion, The nuclear attacks on japan are completely justified.
You see, After loosing all of their pacific colony, Japan realised an allied invasion of the Japanese mainland was inevitable, So ''Ketsugo'' was implemented, Which essentially means the militarization of EVERY Man, Woman and Child to defend japan to the death.
(These are school kids btw)
Simply put, An invasion of the mainland would quite literally involve the Genocide of a large percentage of the Japanese people, and cost the Anglo American Allies absolutely stupendous amounts of manpower to achieve (Men which just did not exist).
Its a way of rationing it out, A few thousand Japanese dead, OR MILLIONS of japanese dead and Hundeds of thousands, If not millions of Allied troops dead too.
Honestly the nukes were justified in my opinion. At this point in the war, Europe lay is absolute ruin with almost all cities destroyed, and the allies could ill afford to mount a naval invasion of ANOTHER axis power.
Then there was the other factor. Not many people know that at the end of WW2, The Russians actually invaded Japanese Manchuria (North China today)
And, Had of the Russians seized all of Manchuria, And then invaded the japanese mainland themselves, They could turn Japan into a communist pupped (Like they did with North Korea and China), And America VERY much wanted to westernize Japan as it was planning to do in West Germany.
And with the Russians in control of Japan, It would put the US in a VERY Bad situation for the upcoming Cold War (People also think the cold war was far after WW2, But, There was actually a plan called ''Operation Unthinkable'' devised by the British for an Anglo-UK/US invasion of the USSR within 1 year after the end of WW2 In europe).
So yeah, If they never nuked it and forced a surrender, Then the Russians may have taken it, And essentially turned Japan into what North Korea was made to be (And still is today).8
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