Re: Little Boy and Fat Man
Charles: Old Grump was saying it WAS necessary in his tongue-in-cheek way.
Dropping both bombs did not immediately stop or even slow the war. My dad's bomb group was based on Okinawa and was bombing Kyushu in preparation for the Nov. 1st invasion. His B-24 group bombed the island the day after Nagasaki was flattened, and even flew thru the fallout after coming off their bomb run (they didn't know any better).
He told me the A-bombs dropped plus the threat of further atomic bombing forced Japan to give up. Better a couple hundred thousand Japanese deaths than millions on both sides.
An armed society is a polite society--Robert Heinlein via Jeff Cooper
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