On March 9, 1945, “100,000 to 200,00 men, women and children died…when the U.S. Air Force doused Tokyo with jellied gasoline; all told, in the months before Hiroshima, [conventional] bombs killed up to 500,000 in Japanese cities and left 13 million homeless.” (U.S. News & World Report, 7/13/95)
By June 1945, U.S. Air Force General Curtis LeMay complained that there was nothing left to bomb in Japanese cities except “garbage can targets.”
After these terror bombings, the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey reported that, “Certainly…Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bomb had not been dropped.” (“Japan’s Struggle to End the War.”)
The L.A. Times agreed: “The hard truth is that the atomic bombings were unnecessary.” (8/5/05) President Harry Truman’s diary referred to a decoded Japanese cable indicating Japan was about to surrender unconditionally, as the “Japanese Emperor [was] asking for peace.”
Generals Eisenhower and MacArthur also agreed, the former later writing that “Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary” (“Mandate for Change”; 1963) and MacArthur also believed that the dropping of the A-bombs were “completely unnecessary from a military point of view.” (James Clayton, “The Years of MacArthur, 1941-1945, Vol. II”)
Yet, as most historians agree, Truman went ahead and dropped the A-bomb on Hiroshima as a warning to the Soviet Union that the U.S. had this hugely destructive weapon, killing upwards of 150,000 civilians. And, to emphasize the “warning,” dropped still another one on Nagasaki three days later, killing perhaps another 100,000.
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