The invasion of Japan would have been the bloodiest fight in history. Even optimistic estimates placed the American toll at one million lives and likely over a million Japanese lives. Does that completely justify the use of nukes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? I don't really know.
But as the son of a sailor on an LSM waiting in Okinawa for the invasion, had Truman not dropped the bomb, I probably would not have been born. So it is hard for me not to be grateful to Harry Truman.
And I would suppose either before this or after he went and laid a wreath at the U.S.S Arizona memorial?
Mr. Truman should also place wreaths at the former sites of the many Japanese deathcamps that were strewn all over SE Asia.
And please Mr. Truman, while you are on your touchy-feely trip, don’t forget to visit the city of Nanking and learn how its citizens were subjected to the sword, shuffle and bayonet.
Long live Col. Tibbitts and the Enola Gay!
Hey Clifton you silly little boy the Japs asked us to dance we obliged them
Piss be on them. My father would not have survived invading their ant hill to root them out. Nuking them was righteous.
Why did he feel that it was necessary for him to do this? Daniel wasn’t even born yet when the bomb was dropped; but for those of us who were, it brought the war to an abrupt end, saving the lives of many.
This seems like an uneccessary exercise in anti-American propaganda. Give-em-Hell Harry would not be pleased.
Little Boy and Fat Man saved the lives of TENS OF MILLIONS of Japanese.
Here’s a description of what an invasion of Japan would likely have entailed:
Liberals will never learn. The USA fought the war the way wars should be fought, TO WIN.
Once liberals could control the media and most of the political thinking we have played war by only fighting up to a certain line, then harping everyday how our boys are being slaughtered, then just like the French cheese eating surrender monkeys we give up without a clear victory.
Germany and Japan both defeated soundly by the USA and its allies have become allies of the West as opposed to those more recent wars where no clear victory was achieved.
N. Korea sure comes to mind.
Just like cancer, you cannot leave too many cells laying around to come back and fight you.
Harry said he didn’t waste much time making the decision, and hell, we warned ‘em.
Thank you HST for your decision. You helped save the lives of thousands upon thousands of young Americans lives. You also showed the world what consequences a country might endure as a result of an attack on the USA or any of its bases. Truman’s & Reagan’s don’t come around too often.
As the nephew of a Marine killed on Guam, a place he would never have viited but for the war the Japanese started, I’ll skip Hiroshima. I will, however, commemorate the day with a pint of fried rice.