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To: ClearCase_guy

I agree.

Further supporting this position are the recollections of the bureaucrat running Radio Tokyo at the time. The militarists wanted to prevent him from broadcasting Hirohito’s message to his subjects. The radio station manager hid the tape from Tojo’s loyalists/militarists and went forward with the broadcast after the search for the recording.

Even after the second bomb, it was quite clear that the militarists were ready to burn their own country to the ground. If we had invaded without the psychological horror of the two bombs, we would have had to go forward with LeMay’s plan to burn Japanese cities to the ground as we did in the Tokyo firebombing raids. The estimates of Japanese civilian deaths in the planning was to be at least 1 million killed in the firebombings, and then many more in the ground invasion as the infantry and Marines moved across the island.

It would have taken us another year or two to pacify just the main island. At least. And it would have meant another 100K GI’s KIA, 1 million+ wounded at a minimum.


27 posted on 08/12/2008 6:02:10 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: NVDave
The radio station manager hid the tape from Tojo’s loyalists/militarists and went forward with the broadcast after the search for the recording.

Ummm, disk, Dave. They recorded him on a hard disk.

<}B^)

35 posted on 08/12/2008 6:54:57 PM PDT by Erasmus (A: Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture. Q: What do you play at a gay wedding?)
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To: NVDave

“Further supporting this position are the recollections of the bureaucrat running Radio Tokyo at the time. The militarists wanted to prevent him from broadcasting Hirohito’s message to his subjects. The radio station manager hid the tape from Tojo’s loyalists/militarists and went forward with the broadcast after the search for the recording.”

There was actually a car chase through the streets of Tokyo to get it there at all. The Japanese Nazis tried to head it off at the pass.


64 posted on 08/13/2008 11:39:06 AM PDT by dsc
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