After the fact, it wasn't obvious that the Soviets would destroy the Japanese army in Manchuria so decisively. Given Truman's knowledge at the time, dropping the bombs was the correct thing to do; end the war quickly.
The Japanese didn't believe that the Hiroshima bomb was nuclear at first. Communications with Hiroshima were destroyed and the actual destruction wasn't as much as some of the other raids. The Americans communicated (somehow, probably not by pidgeon) that the Japanese should examine the sulfur in the phone line insulation. It would contain a quantity of a rare isotope of chlorine the could only be produced by a neutron flux.
posted on 05/06/2004 9:07:20 PM PDT
by Doctor Stochastic
(Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
To: Doctor Stochastic
I can tolerate questioning Truman's decision. 20/20 hindsight and all that, fair enough.
This History channel POS was not only questioning his motives, it was purporting sinister/inhumane motives as historical fact -- of him and the American people [who, according the the HC had revenge as the basis of THEIR support, not saving lives].
I posted this thread, because it is important that such propaganda is exposed for what it is.
posted on 05/06/2004 9:14:33 PM PDT
posted on 05/06/2004 10:20:16 PM PDT
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