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Japanese Defense Chief: Atomic Bombing 'Couldn't Be Helped'
FoxNews.com ^ | 6/30/2007 | AP

Posted on 06/30/2007 7:49:10 AM PDT by weef

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To: sheik yerbouty

That might be. Quite likely. They were running out of experienced pilots.


51 posted on 06/30/2007 9:18:17 AM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: weef
Of course it was inevitable and anyone who doesn't think so is in denial. If a country has a wonder weapon that will end the war and prevent a huge loss of their own soldiers are they not going to use that weapon? If Japan or Germany had atomic bombs, does anyone believe that they would have not used them?

Given the nature of war, one that had seen the use of massive fire bombing campaigns against both German and Japanese cities, what would be different about dropping an atomic bomb? Death by poisonous gas, by fire, by any number of ways is still death and that's the point. Causing the death of those you are fighting against is a proven way to stop a war. Do it often enough and your opponent will almost always want to stop fighting.

52 posted on 06/30/2007 9:19:27 AM PDT by GBA (God Bless America!)
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To: weef

“Japan is a victim.”

Japan started the war and fought in a savage and inhumane manner against all who stood in their way. They could have surrendered earlier when defeat was inevetiable but instead readied themselves to defend to the last man, woman, and child at home. We would have lost hundreds of thousands in taking them out. They left us no choice.


53 posted on 06/30/2007 9:21:18 AM PDT by SmoothTalker
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To: weef

“”The U.S. justifies the bombings saying they saved many American live”

Probably also saved a lot of Japanese lives too. They would have fought to the end had we landed.


54 posted on 06/30/2007 9:22:05 AM PDT by SmoothTalker
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To: Polybius
Interesting stat at the bottom of the summary. The US manufactured so many Purple Heart medals in anticipation of the invasion of Japan that we’re still using this stockpile of medals in Iraq & Afghanistan.
55 posted on 06/30/2007 9:28:27 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Gay State Conservative; Spktyr; Smokin' Joe; Polybius; LibKill; theBuckwheat; ckilmer; ...
See the "up-close and personal observation by a Japanese Army officer -- in #46...
56 posted on 06/30/2007 9:31:32 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: TXnMA

Sagamihara & Yokohama, 1951-1961. Army brat.


57 posted on 06/30/2007 9:40:33 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Yokota 1961-1964 — USAF “spook” outfit...


58 posted on 06/30/2007 9:47:32 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Boundless
Don’t be too sure. We wrecked a lot of Japanese nuke stuff when the occupation began. Not sure all of it was reported to the public.
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The big Japanese site I know of was in what is now North Korea. Which was occupied by the Soviets in August 1945.

The site, the scientists, the technicians all disappeared into the maw of the NKVD and never returned.

59 posted on 06/30/2007 9:56:11 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Occam's razor. It doesn't work 100% of the time, but 99%+ is not too shabby.)
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To: sheik yerbouty; B-Chan
My knowledge of Japanese is meager at best, but "shikata ga nai" means something like "it couldn't be helped". Dunno what the "ne" at the end might confer.
60 posted on 06/30/2007 10:24:55 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: weef

The A-bomb saved millions of Japanese lives.

The Junta ruling the country would’ve made the entire population into kamikaze fighters.


61 posted on 06/30/2007 10:25:39 AM PDT by John Semmens
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To: Joe Brower

Thanks!


62 posted on 06/30/2007 10:34:54 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Joe Brower

“ne” is a verbal exclamation point, like “eh ?”....


63 posted on 06/30/2007 10:38:39 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Arigato, Eric-san; wakatta. "Ne" is one of those words that appears to have several meanings (reminds one of English!), making translation fun. I never heard it used as "eh", but like I said, me and the Japanese language don't talk much. $:-)

I love languages in general, and find Japanese to be particularly fascinating, although here in Florida there isn't much opportunity for practice...

64 posted on 06/30/2007 10:45:47 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Joe Brower
There is city Japanese, rural Japanese, Japanese spoken in Okinawa and a couple of other varieties.
The average newspaper uses 2500 characters. An educated Japanese person would be able to read several thousand more.
65 posted on 06/30/2007 10:55:51 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Yes, I know that Japanese has a lot of variations. Just going between Tokyo and Osaka, even my uneducated ears could hear the difference. Japanese is so old a language, I beleive that it's origins are unknown -- that's bound to have a lot of dialects.

Okinawa (USN HM2 with the FMF) is where I picked up most of what little I know. The first phrase I learned was "Hai", with the obligatory quick bow of the head. Then the various forms of "thank you". Third was "gomenesai". $;-)

66 posted on 06/30/2007 11:04:25 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: All

Nobuo Miyake, 78, director-general of a group of victims.

Is there something about General Sherman’s description of war that this guy doesn’t understand?

The US didn’t start it, but was more than happy to end it.


67 posted on 06/30/2007 11:12:37 AM PDT by DPMD (dpmd)
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To: Joe Brower
Ala so, deska. City Japanese.
Ala so, dambe. Rural.
68 posted on 06/30/2007 11:24:51 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: weef
The defense minister got it right. America was going to finish the war that Japan started. It was going to end with the total defeat and unconditional surrender of Japan. That said, the only question was how best to accomplish that goal. Since the Japanese government did not immediately surrender after we dropped the first atomic bomb, I think it is safe to say they were not incline to give up the fight easily. IMO, dropping the atomic bomb saved more lives than it took.

Besides, the greatest loss of life in a bombing raid was NOT from either of the atomic bombs. It was from a bombing raid on Tokyo earlier in the summer.
69 posted on 06/30/2007 11:39:48 AM PDT by goldfinch
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