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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Dropping the Bomb

New at LewRockwell.com.

4 comments:

  1. woody3:17 AM

    Without trying to justify the demand for unconditional surrender, I believe any solution that could achieve the same end with fewer casualties would be preferable.

    Since there was a surrender dialogue in progress, why didn’t Truman give the Japanese a little demonstration of the bomb’s potential, and at the same time threaten a much larger population?

    After a demo of what “little boy” can do, I think the dialogue would have gone like this:

    US: Unconditional Surrender or it’s Tokyo, downtown…
    Japan: You wouldn’t!
    US: Have you seen Dresden?

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  2. Yeah, you know, Eisenhower and MacArthur both thought the bombing was unnecessary -- hardly peaceniks, you know.

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  3. Anonymous3:56 PM

    The decision to drop the bomb had nothing do with the war with Japan. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were used to scare the living crap out of Stalin.

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  4. Excellent article. Interestingly, at the time, conservatives, including ex-presdient Hoover, the Chicago Tribune, Henry Luce and National Review, criticized Truman for dropping the bomb(s). That's progress for you I guess.

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