The destruction at Nagasaki and Hiroshima was NOTHING compared to the destruction of Tokyo, Kanto, and Chiba regions.
Everyone seems to forget Gen Curtis LeMey’s FIREBOMB CAMPAIGN. The firestorms he created made moonscape of all areas that were so bombed.
Hundreds of thousands were burned to death.
These campaigns were indiscriminate and deliberately targeted the civilian population.
Bellyaching about two small cities that got pommeled when compared to the horrific destruction of other parts of the country, is just selective outrage.
I think the thing that upsets these crybabies is that it only took two planes and two bombs, not whole squads.
AND A BIG BTW: Even after LeMey laid most of central Honshu to waste, the militarists had no motivation to surrender.
Why did General Lemay abandon a war winning strategy that worked so well in Europe?
If you go back and read the detailed histories of who was on Lemay’s staff at the time you will discover that an operational analyst recommended the changing of the bombing campaign. A non-warrior in a backwater staff slot with relatively little rank actually changed the course of the war.
That was Robert Strange McNamara’s first venture into making war fighting policies. Don’t get me started on his second.
After years I think I have figured out the leftist angst over this.
100 bombers dropping 20 bombs each killing 100000 is ok.
1 bomber dropping 1 bomb and killing 100000is not ok.
It still ended the war and lots of GIs got to come home alive. THAT IS WHAT COUNTS, especially when you find your own father would have been in the front wave of such an invasion.