Nuking Japan Saved Lives

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The following is by James Delingpole (May 27, 2016):

President Obama has kowtowed to the Japanese and Western liberals by promising at the site of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb “we shall not repeat the evil.”

People who agree with this sentiment ought to do two things.

First they should read the essay – Thank God for the Atom Bomb (link below) – war historian Paul Fussell wrote on how he felt when, as a 21-year-old second lieutenant in the US army, he and his comrades heard the news that Japan had been nuclear bombed into surrender.

“When we learned to our astonishment that we would not be obliged in a few months to rush up the beaches near Tokyo assault-firing while being machine-gunned, mortared, and shelled, for all the practiced phlegm of our tough facades we broke down and cried with relief and joy. We were going to live.”

Second, they should familiarize themselves with which country it was started this particular war; which country fought it with such sadistic determination that they would frequently torture and bayonet prisoners – even the wounded, in hospitals they’d overrun and would almost always refuse to surrender themselves, making any assault on territory they held more than usually costly in allied lives.

If ever the US finds itself in such circumstances again, let us pray that the president it has at the time is nothing like Barack Obama.

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3 responses to “Nuking Japan Saved Lives

  1. Yes. Thank you. You all know my fondness for some parts of Japanese Culture, Language and History. Which means I’m very familiar with exactly how ruthless and merciless the Japanese have had to be to survive as a people. Invading Japan, going toe to toe with them with equal forces, is a nightmare to think about. The Chinese have learned this, The Russians have learned this. The Americans knew this, and knew they had to shock the entire Empire and specifically, the Emperor, if they wanted to avoid that. Their use was entirely appropriate.

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    • I agree. But this was a very difficult moral call, and one that I think the Catholic Church failed to see clearly, though it pains me to say it. I was nearly convinced by their assessment that force can never be used directly against a civilian population.

      But, in truth, this isn’t even a matter of gray areas. Ultimately, this was a no-brainer, morally-correct solution. Reason is: Japan had enlisted every single man, woman and child as combatants in this conflict. We had nothing to do with that horrific decision, but it was well-advertized, and thoroughly sold, and it forced our hand. Further, as in the bombings of Dresden, and London, and other cities in Europe, civilians can rarely be surgically separated from their military targets. To suggest otherwise is an embarrassingly naive thing. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. But, once you’ve sacrificed a good number of your young men and women in trying, you get to make that call, and criticizing after the fact is then a rash thing, indeed.

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