Thursday, August 04, 2005

Why Truman Dropped the Bomb

It is clear that all three of the critics' central premises are wrong. The Japanese did not see their situation as catastrophically hopeless. They were not seeking to surrender, but pursuing a negotiated end to the war that preserved the old order in Japan, not just a figurehead emperor. Finally, thanks to radio intelligence, American leaders, far from knowing that peace was at hand, understood--as one analytical piece in the "Magic" Far East Summary stated in July 1945, after a review of both the military and diplomatic intercepts--that "until the Japanese leaders realize that an invasion can not be repelled, there is little likelihood that they will accept any peace terms satisfactory to the Allies." This cannot be improved upon as a succinct and accurate summary of the military and diplomatic realities of the summer of 1945. The displacement of the so-called traditionalist view within important segments of American opinion took several decades to accomplish. It will take a similar span of time to displace the critical orthodoxy that arose in the 1960s and prevailed roughly through the 1980s, and replace it with a richer appreciation for the realities of 1945. But the clock is ticking.

5 Comments:

At August 04, 2005 6:58 AM, Blogger RobertinArabia said...

Nuking Oslo would be a highly moral act if it would reduce oil prices.

 
At August 04, 2005 7:12 AM, Blogger ThBadMonkey said...

I doubt any thing will change significantly about this issue in the West. The generation that fought, or was alive when it was, is a decade away from oblivion. This issue is also too obscure for anyone to care. America can only be harmed by a dirty bom,as we are too large for anything like London to register with most people, unless it would happen in large scale. This issue is relegated to irrelevence, just as 9/11 was one month after it happened, in the AMerican mind as well as elswhere.

We have had the NYC subway system admit racial profiling after London, when after 9/11, ALL AMERICANS were and still are treated as equall Islamic Terror suspects on airlines.No Racial Profiling allowed..!! Still US policy to my knowlege, at least on airplanes...

Bombing Japan was just another weapon of war. We only learned of the consequences afterwards...

Computers will be re-designing human DNA in 40 years anyway, and genetic engineering will be the wave of the future super men anyway...

 
At August 04, 2005 12:48 PM, Blogger Jason_Pappas said...

Propaganda is rife in American schools against Truman on the account of the Bomb and for his anti-Communism. But many learn the truth outside of school - and they are most often the ones motivated to take an active role in conservative politics.

The leftist slant is getting so great in official education institutions that many are starting to discount it wholesale. Many ... but not yet enough!

 
At August 05, 2005 6:26 AM, Blogger ThBadMonkey said...

"Propaganda is rife in American schools against Truman on the account of the Bomb and for his anti-Communism"

I dont know that they are teaching "right and wrong", I guess they could be now. That would be political indoctrination. You ususally dont see that until college I thought...

 
At August 05, 2005 6:16 PM, Blogger Ole said...

My Dad was in Marine Corps boot camp when the bomb was dropped. I ( and as yet unborn brother and sisters) are very grateful to Truman.

 

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