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> The bombs didn’t end the war, a tape recorder did.

Please elaborate.


7 posted on 08/13/2013 5:46:29 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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After the second bomb fell, the senior Jap commanders decided the war was lost, and the decision was made that the emperor should go on the radio and tell the people to quit. Many of the next level of officers decided they couldn't accept this, and they would take control away from the emperor. The reasoning was that it would be better to have Japan totally destroyed and every person killed rather than surrender.

The senior commanders said they couldn't go against the emperor, so they would have to commit suicide to get out of the younger commanders way. That night they had a large gathering to ‘celebrate’ the death of the senior commanders. Too much was drunk and things didn't end till morning. They rushed to the Emperor's palace and surrounded - no radio address today.

What they didn't know was that it had previously been decided that the Emperor might not be able to get through reading such a document. It was decided to record the message and play it back over the radio (I don't know if the device was actually a ‘tape’ recorder, it may have used wire as many did back then).

When the radical commanders surrounding the palace heard the Emperor's voice over the radio, they knew they were sunk and committed suicide themselves. I always thought it was funny that people marveled at how good the Japaneses became at building consumer electronics. Hell, without them their country would have probably been bombed into the stone age - although it might have taken a little longer as we had already dropped the only two atomic bombs we had on them.

14 posted on 08/13/2013 5:59:59 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: Westbrook

“> The bombs didn’t end the war, a tape recorder did.

Please elaborate.”

That’s easy.

ICTOAN is referring to the recording of the Showa Emperor telling is subjects they must “endure the undendurable” by surrendering to the Allies. I’m not sure what the recording medium was, but it wasn’t a transcript - it was kept from the hands of the pro-war faction and broadcast on radio the following day (or so). It was the first time most of the populace had heard his voice.

ICTOAN is trying to sound knowing and cute all at once. The clear implication is that the Imperial Japanese gave up because their Emperor told them to, not because the Allies were bringing the war home to them; therefore, there was no need to drop the atomic bombs.

Arguments against this interpretation are legion, but are not needed. All we have to do is read the Showa Emperor’s speech. In it, he referred explicitly to the employment by the enemy (US & Allies) of “a new and most cruel bomb.”

The nuclear warheads detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki were all of that.


34 posted on 08/15/2013 6:09:11 PM PDT by schurmann
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