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Hiroshima: Necessary Evil
brucelewis.com ^ | 2008.08.06 | Bruce Lewis

Posted on 08/06/2008 4:09:53 PM PDT by B-Chan

THE WHITE HOUSE Washington, D.C.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- August 6, 1945

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima, an important Japanese Army base. That bomb had more power than 20,000 tons of T.N.T. It had more than two thousand times the blast power of the British "Grand Slam" which is the largest bomb ever yet used in the history of warfare.

It is an atomic bomb. It is a harnessing of the basic power of the universe. The force from which the sun draws its power has been loosed against those who brought war to the Far East.

We are now prepared to obliterate more rapidly and completely every productive enterprise the Japanese have above ground in any city. We shall destroy their docks, their factories, and their communications. Let there be no mistake; we shall completely destroy Japan's power to make war.

It was to spare the Japanese people from utter destruction that the ultimatum of July 26 was issued at Potsdam. Their leaders promptly rejected that ultimatum. If they do not now accept our terms they may expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth.

The Japanese began the war from the air at Pearl Harbor. They have been repaid many fold.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Japan; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: anniversary; atomic; hiroshima; history; japan; worldwar2
The photo was taken by Seizo Yamada from approximately 7km NE of ground zero.
1 posted on 08/06/2008 4:09:54 PM PDT by B-Chan
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To: B-Chan

Never forget who wanted to dance


2 posted on 08/06/2008 4:11:06 PM PDT by al baby (Hi mom Cracker power Brother)
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To: al baby

Collective Japan asked for it. If not by overt action by the military and Empirate, by passive acceptance of their rule.


3 posted on 08/06/2008 4:14:21 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: B-Chan

We need an Ike, Teddy, Reagan or Truman to take on the Islamists and defeat them, once and for all. I give the current President Bush a lot of credit, he liberated two countries with his hands tied behind his back, but we must do more! If, somehow, we were able to get a conservative majority in both houses of congress and keep Senator Obama from occupying the White House, we just might have a chence.


4 posted on 08/06/2008 4:14:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Barack Obama: In Error and arrogant -- he's errogant!)
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To: B-Chan
If you take what happened in the ghastly Okinawa campaign and use the results to project what would have happened in a ground campaign through the home islands, many, many more civilians would have died than died in the two nuclear explosions. Factor in the millions of military casualties and the conclusion is inescapable: the nuclear bombs saved lives and saved the Japanese infrastructure from complete destruction.
5 posted on 08/06/2008 4:34:32 PM PDT by colorado tanker (Number nine, number nine, number nine . . .)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It was a little easier for Truman than it is now. He didn’t have to think about the possibility of nukular retaliation. Supposedly that is the reason our leaders didn’t go harder in “Vitnyam”......


6 posted on 08/06/2008 4:36:45 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: B-Chan

Sorry, but after what Japan did to the world, we should have dropped more bombs even after the surrender!


7 posted on 08/06/2008 4:37:23 PM PDT by Bommer (A Third Party can win when Republicans and Democraps stand for the same thing!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The leftist/democrats who loath this country with every fiber of their being have been working with their fellow travelers to demonize this country in textbooks is not so recent an event. 20 years ago in school, I had to read all sorts of stories about the Hiroshima bomb’s effects on “innocent” Japanese , but not one on the Bataan Death March, the Rape of Nanking, the Phillipine occupation , comfort women or the biological and medical experiments carried out in the Northern Chinese territories on Chinese and American prisoners.


8 posted on 08/06/2008 4:40:30 PM PDT by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: redstateconfidential

Did you have to read about The Marshall Plan or The Berlin Airlift? Or MacCarthur in Japan helping them set up their Constitution, getting Japanese women the vote, etc? I’d bet not.


9 posted on 08/06/2008 4:43:41 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Bommer

According to Japanese school textbooks , “ approved “ by the current regime ( LDP ) , WW2 was all Hitler’s and the USA’s fault .


10 posted on 08/06/2008 4:46:00 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: unkus

I never followed their donkey crap line, I had their squishy Marxism pegged from their smelly sandals to their “its like, you know” mannerisms from early on.
Watch out for the Lit teachers, its a convenient cover to peddle their dogma over logic propaganda.


11 posted on 08/06/2008 4:48:20 PM PDT by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: redstateconfidential

Please answer my question. I know all about lefties. Thanks.


12 posted on 08/06/2008 4:56:04 PM PDT by unkus
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To: unkus

Unkus nous, this was 24-30 years ago.I reads all thats mineself.Everybody else did pictures of the poor Japaneses, my
report was a Diorama of the Enola Gay droppin’ the bomb.


13 posted on 08/06/2008 5:00:27 PM PDT by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: colorado tanker
Factor in the millions of military casualties and the conclusion is inescapable: the nuclear bombs saved lives and saved the Japanese infrastructure from complete destruction.

It saved millions of lives, both Japanese and American. And that is a good point about saving the Japanese infrastructure. I hadn't heard that mentioned before.

14 posted on 08/06/2008 5:02:56 PM PDT by DeweyCA
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To: redstateconfidential

I like it. Good for you. I met one of the Enola Gay’s crew at an Air Show once about 20 years ago and had to stand in line to shake his hand.

My dad was in charge of a section of Tokyo at the very beginning of the occupation and most of the Japanese welcomed the Americans.


15 posted on 08/06/2008 5:05:38 PM PDT by unkus
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To: B-Chan

Listen to a tape of FDR’s COMPLETE speech declaring war after pearl Harbor. He gives a chilling list of Japan launching attacks the same day all across the Pacific, waging surprise aggressive war against many innocent countries.


16 posted on 08/06/2008 5:06:35 PM PDT by Williams
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To: DeweyCA
Curtis Lemay had burned down a lot of Japan by Hiroshima, but not all of it. A yard-by-yard ground campaign supported by aerial bombing and artillery probably would have destroyed what was left.
17 posted on 08/06/2008 5:14:04 PM PDT by colorado tanker (Number nine, number nine, number nine . . .)
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To: unkus

Paul Tibbetts and his crew were heroes,and should be honored as such. They saved millions of lives, American AND Japanese.


18 posted on 08/06/2008 5:35:49 PM PDT by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: redstateconfidential

Amen to that.


19 posted on 08/06/2008 5:40:04 PM PDT by unkus
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To: B-Chan

I’m glad somebody around here could bring himself to make a decision between the villified “lesser of two evils.”

Thank you, President Truman.


20 posted on 08/06/2008 5:53:42 PM PDT by fightinJAG (Rush was right when he said: "You NEVER win by losing.")
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To: B-Chan
The photo was taken by Seizo Yamada from approximately 7km NE of ground zero.

Wow. I had never seen that picture before.

21 posted on 08/06/2008 6:01:30 PM PDT by Wilhelm Tell (True or False? This is not a tag line.)
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To: Wilhelm Tell

Me either, until today. It’s an amazing shot.


22 posted on 08/06/2008 7:43:10 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: B-Chan


23 posted on 08/06/2008 8:00:13 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: B-Chan

It was the most compassionate act that could have been done under the circumstances.


24 posted on 08/06/2008 10:32:54 PM PDT by TigersEye (Berlin '36 ... Olympics for murdering regimes. ... Beijing '08)
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To: colorado tanker; DeweyCA
Combine the destruction of the rail system with the mining of the Inland Sea and Japan would have had no way to feed its cities. Starvation would have killed far more than the bombs did or even an invasion would have. Richard Frank's Downfall discusses this strategy.
25 posted on 08/06/2008 11:17:36 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: GATOR NAVY
mining of the Inland Sea

Good point. That would have been extremely destructive.

26 posted on 08/07/2008 9:13:53 AM PDT by colorado tanker (Number nine, number nine, number nine . . .)
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To: unkus; redstateconfidential; Homer_J_Simpson
"My dad was in charge of a section of Tokyo at the very beginning of the occupation and most of the Japanese welcomed the Americans."

FWIW -- My Dad said his unit (33rd Infantry) landed, was welcomed by childred with flowers, and treated well by the Japanese.

Some months later they rotated back stateside, replaced by another American unit which had not fought in the war. Those later Americans were more arrogant and not as well accepted by the Japanese, according to my Dad.

27 posted on 08/10/2008 4:09:29 AM PDT by BroJoeK (A little historical perspective....)
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To: BroJoeK

That reception to the Victors is part of the ‘Bushido’ code.
The Japanese as a whole ‘respected’ the Victor but not the ‘non-combatants’ that immediately followed.
Remember the Japanese Army thought that to surrender was worse than death.
The Japanese Navy was more compassionate to captured Allied Sailors (than say the Army or fisherman) that probably due to the ‘law of the sea’ where we ALL have/had a common enemy.
When I got to Japan in 1957 they treated us fine (at least where the young enlisted sailors were wont to go) but that was probably due to the fact that their ‘job’ was to relieve us of our yens so they were using the old ‘catch more flies with honey etc....’ theory and by gum, it worked.


28 posted on 08/10/2008 5:11:11 AM PDT by xrmusn
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To: BroJoeK

My Dad said something similar, as I remember. Dad died in 1974.


29 posted on 08/11/2008 3:13:11 PM PDT by unkus
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