Originally Posted by Pistolenschutze
I think it is interesting to note as well that we could easily have accomplished the same amount of destruction--if not far more-- as the nukes produced, using conventional incendiary weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. What made the nuclear devices a far better choice was, I think, the sheer magnitude of destruction created by a single weapon in such a short space of time. It gave the Japanese something of a face-saving way of finally accepting the inevitability of their defeat. All but the most fanatic Japanese were forced to realize that the jig was up and the Rising Sun was about to set, like it or not!
Agreed, 100%! Postwar interviews and reasearch into the Japanese Emporer's and Cabinet discussions on ending the war have shown that this is exactly the case.
In his broadcast to the Japanese nation announcing a "cessation of hostilities" Hirohito is quoted as saying, "Recent events have not necessarily gone to our advantage....."
Boy......talk about an understatement!!!!
As for using gas on Charlie's hidy-holes......that's why decisions on The Rules of War aren't made by "grunts-on-the ground", but by higher eschelons (both military and civilian) who have political and international ramifications to consider.
Anyway.....isn't this a neat