In competition for the most asked question in HubPages, and still one of the most controversial.
In short, no. Under no circumstance will I ever think that they were justified. Period.
Yes. It saved the lives of not only thousands of American GIs, but millions, yes millions, of Japanese. We now know from recently released Japanese government documents that they were prepared to sacrifice at least 5 million civilians in the invasion. Sounds insane, but the Emperor (for what it's worth) authorized it, which was more like a rubber stamp. Think of the atrocities that would have occurred during an invasion of the Honshu and Kyushu.
The atomic bombs were awful weapons. The casualties were horrific. But Japan had a postwar boom because of the way the war ended. The relationship with the U.S. is one of the strongest of any ally.
I've heard arguments that with the Soviets pressing them, they might have given in. I doubt it. Many people today don't see the big picture and can't put themselves into the mindset of Truman and most Americans at that time.
by Del Banks 6 years ago
Were the WWII bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki a good thing overall for the world in general?The cataclysmic bombings of these two Japanese cities was miniscule compared to the power of todays nuclear weapons. Did the demonstration of nuclear power in 1945 eventually save lives in the future?
by BristolBoy 9 years ago
With the news that a further 8 UK service personnel have died in Afghanistan in the last 24 hours it means that deaths in this war now exceed those due to the Iraq conflict. As a result calls are increasing for the troops to be pulled out. What are your views on the matter?
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