Was the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki justified?
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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.
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