To: Mrs. Don-o
The Japanese sowed the wind at Pearl Harbor and reaped the whirlwind at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. President Truman was right to authorize the Bomb. He saved countless American lives, and countless Japanese who would have died in an unsuccessful defense of the home islands. On a personal note, my father was spared deployment to the invasion of Japan. I endorse the bombing without reservation.
Lamh Foistenach Abu!
posted on 08/10/2010 5:49:47 PM PDT
(HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
To: ConorMacNessa; Mrs. Don-o
President Truman was right to authorize the Bomb. He saved countless American lives...
Good thing we had a combat veteran making the decision, not a theologian.
For a detailed history of the US plans for the invasion, see D. M. Giangreco's book "Hell to Pay: Operation DOWNFALL and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947" Includes estimates of US casualties, estimates of how many Japanese the US would have to kill to force surrender, plans to increase the draft.
Also Paul Fussell's piece "Thank God for the atomic bomb"
“On a personal note, my father was spared deployment to the invasion of Japan. I endorse the bombing without reservation.”
I agree 100%. My father was scheduled to be in the invasion as well.
posted on 08/11/2010 5:03:38 PM PDT
(Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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