This was a wonderful rebuttal of the idiotic Stewart! I even learned about the dropped leaflets containing the warnings - something new and make me feel even better about dropping the bomb. Sounds like they did all they could to mitigate civilian deaths (the Japanese were a fanatical group).
Truly excellent presentation. I very much appreciated the over/under analysis of the possibility of a “demo” bomb explosion; that it was 1/4 of our available arsenal of nukes; that the ACTUAL detonations didn’t work, so why would a demo?
And as posted earlier, I didn’t know of the leafletting.
Democrats have always been a security risk..
Jonny Stewart is such a COWARD and Bill Whittle owned him in this wonderfully put-together historical video.
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Truman did the right thing, absolutely.
Also more real death and destruction was being caused by the conventional firebombing raids ... the A bomb's real power was in it physiological "shock" power ...
The ongoing conventional war would of just gone on slowly ramping ever day as it had the previous four years to far more and more death...
It the way of people we can adjust over time to what we can not adjust to in it one quick shocking moment
Most people that die in war, die in a bunch of small battles and action drawn out over time then in the one big battle...
But it the one big battle or action the physiological "shock" that breaks the will to go on fighting
Japan intended, in part, for Pearl Harbor to have that "quick shocking moment" effect to make the US quit before the war really even started
And at the risk of having the A-boming called terrorism...
Terrorism totally relies on force multiplier effect of the "one quick shocking moment"
War it an ugly thing, but men can do far uglier things and call it "Peace"
Overall, an excellent rebuttal. However, I am unconvinced of two contentions: that the Lemay leaflet shown was dropped on Hiroshima just before the bomb, and that a fourth atomic bomb was available if needed after the test bomb, the Hiroshima bomb and the Nagasaki bomb.
I think the A-bombs may have led Hirohito to surrender because they made surrender honorable. They opened up an opportunity for Japan to change course while saving face.
Beautiful work here.. beautiful..
The bombs would up saving even more Japanese lives than American lives.
Another estimate of what an invasion of Japan would have looked like:
Would have made Verdun and the Somme look like “The Good Old Days”.
The Last Mission:
The Secret History of
World War II's Final Battle
by Jim Smith
and Malcolm McConnell
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