I love how these Truman apologists believe the rejection of unconditional surrender (with obvious possibilities for terms to surrender available) is a legitimate reason to end a few hundred thousand innocent lives.
Was Japan forced unconditional surrender after the dropping of the atomic bombs? No. In fact, General MacArthur himself urged Hirohito to retain the position of Emperor.
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From Truman's diary, dated July 25, 1945:
So much for not targetting women and children."We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world.... This weapon is to be used against Japan between now and August 10th. I have told the Sec. of War, Mr. Stimson, to use it so that military objectives and soldiers and sailors are the target and not women and children. Even if the Japs are savages, ruthless, merciless and fanatic, we as the leader of the world for the common welfare cannot drop that terrible bomb on the old capital or the new. He and I are in accord. The target will be a purely military one."
The result was far better than the worst case and anticipated scenario.
source?Was Japan forced unconditional surrender after the dropping of the atomic bombs? No. In fact, General MacArthur himself urged Hirohito to retain the position of Emperor.
Anything more is the powdered sugar on the cherries on the icing on the cake.
It wasn't Truman's job to save Japanese lives. His duty was to the mothers and fathers of the servicemen, and to those servicemen himself, to bring as many of those men home alive and uninjurred as possible.
He did his job correctly.
He did the right thing.
He saved at least one AMERICAN mother the grief of burying her son who died in an unnecessary invasion of Japan.
That's all that mattered.
That unnamed man was worth the lives of all the Japanese in Japan.
The first test at the Trinity site occurred on July 16, 1945. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki happened on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. These results were given to Truman prior to the Potsdam Conference.An atomic weapon had never before been used.
You can't seriously sit there and tell me that they didn't know what happened if they did this to a city. There is no way of twisting the fact that hundreds of thousands were guaranteed to die, no matter how you spin it.
More generalizations and bigotry.He thinks we were wrong to win it.
He thinks the United States is always wrong.
He must think we were wrong for starting it.