The Humanity of the Hiroshima bomb
It is one of the absurdities of modern Political Leftism. They want to argue that it was some how immoral to use the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombs. That the US could have besieged the Japanese islands and forced them to surrender
That is utter nonsense. The infrastructure of the Japanese islands was breaking down. Japan could not feed itself and relied on food imports. Instead of killing Japanese civilians in the tens of thousands. The Leftist siege would have killed millions from disease, starvation and malnutrition.
Even then there is no indication that would have broke the Japanese will. Japanese soldiers hung on various Pacific islands for decades after WW 2 ended. Even after the bombs dropped die hard militarists tried to stop the Emperor from surrendering.
Then there is this question. What response would the Japanese been to an invasion and occupation? Given our recent experience with the Iraqis and Insurgency what do you suppose a Japanese Insurgency would have done?
It is possible the Japanese would not have survived as a people? The Japanese civilian and military casualties on Siapan and Okinawa were horrific. Give the intensifying tempo of suicide attacks by the Japaneses,the fire power the US would have brought down on the Japanese Home Islands prior to, and during, an invasion would have killed tens of thousands, if not millions, of Japanese civilians as well as both Japanese and US military forces.
Dropping the atomic bombs was an act of humanity that preserved tens of thousands, if not millions, of lives.
Just take the civilian casualties on Okinawa and extrapolate that to the home islands' population and millions would have died. And it would have been very bad for the American troops too. A lot of men who came home wouldn't have.
A siege would have accomplished nothing. The bombing campaign was winding down because there was almost nothing left for LeMay to destroy. But they would not surrender. Even after two atomic bombs were dropped there was determined opposition to surrender and the decision was a very near thing.
The Japanese had been brainwashed about Americans and what would happen to them if they were captured by American forces. There were many suicides off "suicide cliff" on Okinawa, even as American troops begged them not to jump. Imagine mass suicides like that across Japan.
Millions of lives were saved by the bombs.