Did the Two A-Bombs on Japan Save US Lives?

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Did the Two A-Bombs on Japan Save US Lives?

Postby Hannover » 1 year 11 months ago (Sat Jul 11, 2015 6:57 am)

That's the excuse given for dropping not one, but two atomic bombs on Japan, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, both civilian sites.
Considering that the final terms of surrender were the same as before the bombs were dropped I suggest that using the A-bombs did nothing to save Allied lives and were war crimes on a massive scale.

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Re: Did the Two A-Bombs on Japan Save US Lives?

Postby LYZ » 1 year 11 months ago (Sat Jul 11, 2015 5:15 pm)

I agree too. Obviously this is a controversial topic, but I think that the bomb *wasn't* to save lives, but rather as a form of propaganda directed at the Soviets to force a better deal at the bargaining table, while the maps were in the process of being redrawn.
Bear in mind that after the Soviet forces declared a surprise war on Japan despite their agreement to a ceasefire until 1946 (Stalin agreed at the Yalta conference that he would invade Japan 'two or three months after the fall of Germany), and invaded Sakhalin, it was estimated that it they would invade Hokkaido (Japan's northern island) within just two weeks, while a U.S. invasion onto Japanese soil would be delayed for months.
http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/05/30/the-bomb-didnt-beat-japan-stalin-did/
Accepting the Japanese surrender to the U.S. (which was already being discussed) was the only way to avert a potentially Soviet Japan, and was the sensible choice in a military sense.

Interestingly, the people most responsible *didn't* believe that the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were necessary in a strategic sense. They saw it as a political decision, rather than a military one: http://www.sott.net/article/296044-The-Soviet-Union-was-the-ultimate-target-of-the-nuclear-attack-on-Japan-during-WWII

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Re: Did the Two A-Bombs on Japan Save US Lives?

Postby Mortimer » 1 year 10 months ago (Thu Jul 30, 2015 3:50 am)

The decision to drop the A-bombs rested with US president Harry Truman as he was Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces - http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICL ... ruman.html


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