We killed more people in one night over Tokyo (8-9 March 1945) in a firebomb raid than we did at Hiroshima or Nagasaki. The only difference was at Tokyo it took 334 B-29s, hundreds of tons of incendiary bombs, and a 40-mph wind to do it. At Hiroshima/Nagasaki, it took three planes each, one bomb each, and a few seconds.
No apology. We did what we had to do. And if the situations had been reversed, with the Japanese having access to the B-29 and atomic bombs and the ability to deliver them to the United States, you could bet the farm that the Japanese would have done it.
Indeed, modern day Japanese should well appreciate the efficiency of those missions ;)
God knows that in Manchuria they were preforming chemical and biological weapons experiments on the Chinese and sending out small balloons of vials as practice for conducting biological and chemical warfare.
I think majority of Japanese actually agree with you. Most people I talked to there while obviously not being fans of nuclear weapons understood that total war is total. Japanese fought one as well with Kamikazi and all and ended up loosing. Same as Japanese will never apologize for waging total war most really do not expect anyone to apologize to them. Many are annoyed that after all of the aid they poured into Korea Korean’s are still mad at them. Chinese complaints they just view as pure political crying.
I went to the area where one of the landings was supposed to happen (not sure if true thats what guide told me) and while not nearly as crazy terrain as other parts of Japan. Attacking that would have been incredibly costly, add to that Kamikazi attacking with little radar warning (unlike Okinawa) and the whole thing could go very much south.
Yes they would have, in fact they were developing biological warfare against us.