I suspect that putting the fear of God into Stalin was ONE of HST's motives. I have heard it said before, many years ago, well before historical revisionism became rampant. And why not? Stalin was gobbling up Eastern Europe and there was a serious threat that he might move into France and Italy, which had large Communist movements eager to welcome him. The U.S. was not eager to move major forces back from the Pacific to guard against that.
But it was hardly the main motive.
posted on 05/06/2004 7:35:19 PM PDT
A decisive victory always trumps a negotiated peace. It also sends a chilling message to others.
posted on 05/06/2004 7:41:08 PM PDT
(speaking strictly as an infidel,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,)
Second guessing history can be fun. But it should never be taken seriously.
If this history professor had been in Harry Truman's place, playing for the same stakes, without benefit of hindsight, I wonder what his decision would have been.
And, had his decision been not to use the bombs, he would have abrogated his responsibility to the nation and its armed forces -- causing even more needless death and suffering on both sides (not that he had any responsibility whatsoever for the Japanese).
posted on 05/06/2004 10:34:49 PM PDT
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