The truth about Truman’s bombing Japan

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    That is disingenuous BS meant to bury any guilty feelings that might come with a clear, sober evaluation of history. It is most certainly NOT "anti-American" to look at history directly and objectively, and anyone who cannot do so due to emotion is no historian.
     
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    It's estimated that the invasion, optimistically, would have cost the lives of a millions American soldiers. Not to mention the number of Japanese that would have died.

    Compared to that, the price wasn't that steep at all.

    Remember, at the time, the Japanese believed their emperor was descended from God. They were protecting the descendent of GOD! How many would have thrown their lives away believing that nonsense?
     
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    Millions, huh? Just how stupid are you?
     
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    Well. cities such as Hiroshima and Nagasaki did have military value and they also produced many soldiers and equipment to be used in the war. I don't believe it was immoral to bomb them.

    Japan was on its knees mostly because the U.S. had a naval blockade that prevented the Japanese from importing food, oil, etc. The Soviets had nothing to do with that blockade just like the Soviets had nothing to do with defeating the imperial navy and successfully taking islands that brought U.S. bombers to Japan's doorstep. Japanese leadership had no illusions that, somehow, they would be able to hold onto their Asian conquests. So, no, the Soviet entry into the war isn't what compelled Japan to surrender. Additionally, the Soviet conquest of Manchuria and Korea was immaterial to saving Japan from total catastrophe.

    Thank GOD the Japanese emperor had enough sense, power and, perhaps, enough will to try and survive. Otherwise, it would have been necessary to burn every inch of Japan to the ground. No doubt, MILLIONS and MILLIONS of Japanese would have starved to death and died of disease, in addition to the millions that would have died fighting the U.S.
     
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    ...more revisionist history by people who never lived it, or probably did not even know anyone who did...
     
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    Ike did not even KNOW about the bombs....
     
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    Unless you’re almost 100 years old, you can tuck that back up from where you got it.
     
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    That’s not what he said.
     
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    I was alive when the bombs were dropped. More importantly, so was my step father who was at Okinawa, waiting to be sent to Japan proper to die in the invasion. I have absolutely no problem with him being shipped home, instead.
     
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    Oh, I see. Ike said not to drop the bombs that he didn't know about.
     
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