"""I dont understand why there is ANYBODY that opposes the A-bomb"" Let's look at facts. Japan like Britain an island nation dependent on imports for survival. The Brits won theor Battle of the Altantic, the Japanese lost their Battle of the Pacific; all of Japans merchant marine on the sea floor, the naval blockade against the Home Islands complete. Things so dire the Japanese were sending their mightest warships and pilots to one-way kamikazi sorties to oblivion. As the German Government are arming their civilians with Panzerfaust anti-tank rockets the Japanese arming their civilians with bamboo spears. Against that - yes an atomic weapon does seem overkill. ""The only other option was a full-scale invasion that would have involved about 5 million Allied soldiers & marines"" All nicely giftwrapped with a pretty bow to 'justify' using nuclear weapons against cities. Of course that ignores a tactic used since warfare began which is seige warfare... and of course ignores we were doing the Japanese a favor by nuking them - sparing them the anguish of a siege. *pats himself on the back for such a noble act of kindness* ""Their deathtoll & destruction woud have far surpassed Germanys downfall & every one of their soldiers would have fought much harder & would have fought to the death because Japanese soldiers almost neve surrendered..."" Justifying something is perfectly fine - as long as it is an equal justification. Heaven help the USA if China or Iran or whomever else don't wake up one morning thinking 'I've had it with them, I'd invade but the cost would be too high' so they just mail a dirty bomb instead or pull a 911 with a nuke believing the ends justify the means, yes? Just like drone aircraft, freekin awesome idea! [until someone does it to you - buying your own debate on it being entirely okay] No, the belief that nuking cities is justifiable given circumstance is hardly the act of a great society. We shall agree to disagree."
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