You need to read and understand two articles. First: "Why America Was Right To Drop The Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima & Nagasaki," by Mike Kemble. Second: "A Day to Remember," by Hyman Rudoff
Specifically, as regards the second:
What is less well known is that in the fire-bombing of Tokyo and other major Japanese cities using conventional bombs, the accepted, "normal", incendiary bombs of modern war, the total casualties were actually greater than at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
In Tokyo alone there were over 100,000 deaths, and many thousand more in the other cities. It was just as horrible as "nuking". Yet this series of raids was regarded as a normal operation leading to a normal victory, which in the coldest statistical sense it truly was. These "ordinary" bombings didn't shock the public. After Dresden and Hamburg and Tokyo we were used to the immolation of whole city populations. The only thing that really impressed us was the suddenness of the massive destruction at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. To say that it impressed, shocked, and dismayed Japan would be an understatement. Within a very few days thereafter, Japan surrendered and the war was over. There were no millions of casualties.
Calling our atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki “our original sin” is balderdash. There was nothing sinful about the use of atomic bombs against Japan.
Using atomic weapons against Japan was absolutely the right thing to do. Their use saved millions of lives.
Apr 16 2010 - 1:31pm