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No Apologies for the Bomb: History easily justifies what was done in Hiroshima & Nagasaki
American Thinker ^ | 08/06/2013 | Roger D. Luchs

Posted on 08/06/2013 7:48:46 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

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1 posted on 08/06/2013 7:48:46 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Without using the bomb, Japan would just be another Iraq and Afghanistan.


2 posted on 08/06/2013 7:51:32 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: SeekAndFind

For sure.
Just finished Gen Curtis LeMay’s book about the B-29s.
Highly recommended.


3 posted on 08/06/2013 7:51:56 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: SeekAndFind
My grandfather survived the kamikaze attack on the Bunker Hill during Okinawa. Hundreds of his shipmates did not. Because of the A-bomb, the Bunker Hill never had to return to combat duty for the invasion of the Japanese Home Islands. In other words, he quite possibly could have been killed otherwise.

Screw the peacenik revisionists.

4 posted on 08/06/2013 7:53:10 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: SeekAndFind
but as we know from his past works, facts seem to get in the way of his agenda.

Incorrect - Oliver Stone has never let a mere fact stand in the way of his agenda. He sidesteps them or bulls them over, ignoring them completely.

5 posted on 08/06/2013 7:56:46 AM PDT by AzSteven ("War is less costly than servitude, the choice is always between Verdun and Dachau." Jean Dutourd)
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To: SeekAndFind

You win wars by not only destroying your opponents war machine but also its will to fight. That will to fight is just not in its armies but also it population that backs that machine. Too bad we don’t have any leaders that are willing to take that will from our current enemies but wants to take that will from their own people.


6 posted on 08/06/2013 7:56:59 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: SeekAndFind

My dad served with Patton’s Third Army. Upon the surrender of the Germans, he was sent back to the US for more training.

Next stop, the INVASION OF JAPAN! He was Not looking forward to it.

When word of the nukes came everyone in his army base were relieved as they knew the war was over and there would be no need for an invasion.

How many US Army personel would have to die in an invasion of Japan to make a Leftist feel good about not using the bombs?


7 posted on 08/06/2013 7:58:06 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
My dad survived a C-46 crash in the CBI and had mostly recovered from burns on his back and neck. Before information on the bomb was known, he had been notified that his services would be required again for the invasion. Fortunately for me, he didn't have to go.
8 posted on 08/06/2013 8:02:10 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: dirtboy

My dad’s battalion was set to participate in the invasion of Japan. If not for the bomb, he probably would have been killed. Casualties would have been extremely high - on both sides. I doubt that I would be here today.

Yep, the peaceniks can stick it where the sun don’t shine.


9 posted on 08/06/2013 8:03:14 AM PDT by sneakers
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the American way: we were not attempting to militarily defeat Japan, but rather, occupation and overthrow.

I dissent.


10 posted on 08/06/2013 8:04:15 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (we're the Beatniks now)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

RE: Next stop, the INVASION OF JAPAN! He was Not looking forward to it.

It was estimated that 250,000 people died in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (COMBINED TOLL ).

Question: How may would have died had the war continued?


11 posted on 08/06/2013 8:04:34 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
If I remember my history correctly, the firebombings of Japanese cities killed more people and did more destruction than the A bombs. I could be wrong, though.

War is hell.

12 posted on 08/06/2013 8:05:11 AM PDT by bubbacluck (America 180)
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To: SeekAndFind

I notice Yahoo has made no mention of this event.


13 posted on 08/06/2013 8:06:08 AM PDT by anoldafvet
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

My Dad did, too, in the 26th Infantry ‘Yankee’ Division Combat Engineers, thru all of Europe and The Battle of The Bulge, where he was shot by a nazi sniper while rescuing downed American Troops. He was sent back to UK and then to US to recoup.


14 posted on 08/06/2013 8:07:05 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.i)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Any regret can easily be negated this way: Japan picked a fight with the wrong nation. Period.


15 posted on 08/06/2013 8:07:11 AM PDT by doyle
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To: dirtboy

My grandfather was slated to be a forward artillery spotter for the invasion. I am very sure I would not exist without the Bomb.


16 posted on 08/06/2013 8:08:28 AM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: liege

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Tokyo

Approximately 16 square miles (41 km2) of the city of Tokyo ALONE were destroyed and some 100,000 people are estimated to have died in the resulting firestorm, more IMMEDIATE deaths than either of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


17 posted on 08/06/2013 8:08:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Before he made the decision to drop the bombs he was handed a note with the expected casualties for an invasion of Japan:

6,000,000 Japanese
2,000,000 American

The decision was good.


18 posted on 08/06/2013 8:08:39 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: liege

100% correct. A LOT more.

Many of the larger bombing raids in Germany also killed more.


19 posted on 08/06/2013 8:09:28 AM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: buffaloguy

I’d really hate to have been Truman.

It was the Devil’s Alternative either way. You drop the bomb, hundreds of thousands die. You do nothing, Millions die.


20 posted on 08/06/2013 8:10:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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