I wonder if Stewart thinks FDR is war criminal material as well for OKing the firebombing of German cities? He’d squirm a bit on that one, I suspect.
Almost as many people died at Dresden as died from both nukes in Japan. But the left will never admit that.
Was FDR a war criminal by liberal logic? ...
Well FDR died April 12, 1945...but one month before under FDR...
THE FIREBOMBING Of Japan ..Start March 9 1945
On March 9, 334 B-29s took off from Guam, arriving in Japan under good weather conditions. The planes were stacked up from 4,900 ft. to 9,200 ft. They dropped one 500 pound cluster of fire bombs every 50 feet. The target area was 3 by 5 miles, containing a large industrial complex, however each square mile held over 100,000 civilians. The bombs fell, and within thirty minutes the resulting fires were out of control, driven by 40 mph winds. Tokyo, hit by strings of incendiaries, became a holocaust. Water boiled in the canals after the temperature reached over 1800 degrees F. For three hour the B-29s kept coming. Only a few fighters appeared causing little damage. We lost 14 planes with damage to 42. An official Japanese count reported nearly 84,000 killed, 41,000 injured, and over 250,000 buildings destroyed in this one raid. 16 square miles burned out. The Japanese called the raid "Slaughter bombing". LeMay was driving his crews to exhaustion, as he launched four more raids in the next eight days against Osaka, Kobe, and twice on Nagoya. In only five raids the B-29s wiped out 32 square miles in four major cities. The population of Tokyo dropped to half as panic stricken civilians fled. Washington was finally satisfied that fire bombing was the answer to crushing the Japanese , and sent LeMay a list of 33 additional Industrial targets, and gave the resupply of incendiaries to XXI Bomber Command the highest priority.
The bombing of Kobe was a little different. Napalm bombs were in short supply so 2,355 tons of magnesium thermite bombs were used. The thermite bombs burned with an intensity of 2300 degrees F. Three square miles were incinerated and substantial damage was done to the aircraft plant, dock area, and the Kawasaki shipyards which built submarines. The morale of the Japanese people hit bottom as industries were wiped out, and city populations dropped.