Skip to comments.Hiroshima: Necessary Evil
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.
Never forget who wanted to dance
Collective Japan asked for it. If not by overt action by the military and Empirate, by passive acceptance of their rule.
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.
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”......
Sorry, but after what Japan did to the world, we should have dropped more bombs even after the surrender!
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.
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.
According to Japanese school textbooks , “ approved “ by the current regime ( LDP ) , WW2 was all Hitler’s and the USA’s fault .
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.
Please answer my question. I know all about lefties. Thanks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paul Tibbetts and his crew were heroes,and should be honored as such. They saved millions of lives, American AND Japanese.
Amen to that.
I’m glad somebody around here could bring himself to make a decision between the villified “lesser of two evils.”
Thank you, President Truman.
Wow. I had never seen that picture before.
Me either, until today. It’s an amazing shot.
It was the most compassionate act that could have been done under the circumstances.
Good point. That would have been extremely destructive.
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.
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.
My Dad said something similar, as I remember. Dad died in 1974.