1. If Japan was invaded by the US then everybody would have been forced to fight them. Look at what happened in Saipan and Okinawa. They would have made stuff like the Volkstrum or Basij look like a joke. Women and children would not have been spared if America didn't drop the bombs.This is one of the most ulitarian decisions ever made. Sacrifice the few to save the many.
But the ones we sacrificed were mainly women and children, and some died in extreme pain and agony. Was this a justifiable action by the US Goverment?
And if pigs had wings we'd all carry umbrellasThe allies weren't better at war so much as they were better at having more resources.
There was a plan to clear the beaches of Japan with nukes and have US Marines land on the beaches.It hardly mattered one way or the other. More people died in the Tokyo firebombing than the individual nukes in japan (not including people who died years later from long term side effects). It didn't matter if a city was destroyed in 1 night by a thousand bombs or 1 minute with a single bomb, the outcome was practically identical. It was the fear of the Soviet invasion which made them surrender (which happened to begin the same day as the first blast).
But it was still useful to set the stakes for the cold war. If a nuke wasn't tested on a major city, then it would be harder to imagine the damage done to people. Kinda like how WW2 leaders who served in WW1, would refuse to use poison gas bombs later on. Because the bombs were tested on Japan everyone knew what the stakes were.
A lucky torpedo strike that took most of Germany's uranium with it is probably the only reason they didn't end up with them anyway. Its frightening how many butterfly effects could have swung the outcome one way or another.The whole Eastern Front seemed like a nuclear wasteland at the time.
If Hitler was more selective in his Jew hate, the Nazis would have gotten the bomb.
The concept of a single bomb destroying a whole city existed at the time.
Whoever got the bomb, would have used it inevitably.
Nothing would have stopped America from entering the war and shoving their boot far up Japan's ass. Those men who died at Pearl harbor were husbands, brothers and fathers. Japan may have been goaded into attacking the US, but they also believed that an overwhelming strike would crush the US for far longer than it wound up doing. Japan made the decision to sucker punch a country filled with the world's most hotheaded immigrants, and it paid dearly.America playing big daddy, tossing their hat in the ring to start with and attempting to starve out Japan for starting shit half a world away was immoral. Dropping two cans of instant sunshine on the Japanese is just another spoon of immorality.
Part of the reason to drop the bombs was to test them. That is why it was important to drop them on untouched cities, and why they immediately sent in people to measure the destruction when possible.I’m no historian but the US greatly underestimated the size and strength of an atomic blast; they didn’t intend or anticipate the sheer level of destruction that Hiroshima and Nagasaki would face.
However, this doesn’t change the fact that they decided to drop a never before used (in actual conflict) weapon on two cities filled with civilians.
They probably should’ve just performed standard air-raids, akin to the Germans.
lmao we would have won even if we had gone with Operation DownfallNo it wasn't Moral.
The men who signed up to fight (those who's lives were being spared) signed up to fight. Those women and children didn't sign up to get turned to dust in a second, one August morning.
It's harsh to hear, but Millions were lost in the European campaigns of both world wars. We shed a tear for them, but we know as well as they do, that they signed up for it.
America wanted to scare the ruskies, declare themselves the best in the world and didn't want to enter a campaign that they would have probably lost.