I don’t think so! People are subject these days to lots of revisionist rhetoric. The Japanese people in particular have never heard much of the truth about WWII, the atrocities committed in China, and their treatment of POW’s during the war. The facts are that most who surrendered to the Japanese didn’t survive. Many were executed outright and were never given anything like treatment accorded at the Convention of Geneva (1931). Now, on the anniversary of the atomic bomb blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, for the first time the United States is sending an envoy, and the Japanese expect an apology!
That’s just too much to stomach. They have never done the math to consider how many lives were saved by the use of atomic weapons to end the war. American estimates on casualties – for the allies – were anywhere from 500,000 to 1,000,000 killed, wounded, etc… There were never any estimates published for how many Japanese would have been killed had we invaded, but given the roughly 3:1 casualty ratio for Japanese to allies on the islands of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, a suitable estimate would easily have been millions of casualties for the Japanese if an invasion of the main islands had occurred.
So, let’s do the math and figure it out, roughly 200,000 folks lost their lives in the atomic bomb blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They were given warning – don’t forget that, we did warn them. The Japanese command chose not to pass the warnings along to the population, preferring not to for their own insane reasons. Then, perhaps half as many folks died during the ensuing years from radiation sickness, from wounds, etc… So, about 300,000 folks perished as a result of the atomic blasts.
The effect of the blasts was what the allies had hoped – the Japanese realized the futility of further struggle, and Emperor Hirohito ordered his people to surrender. We had been hoping for unconditional surrender, and we gave the Japanese actually a concession: Emperor Hirohito was allowed to continue as Emperor! Was that magnanimous or what?
Now, for a look at the casualty figures: The allies saved nearly a million casualties, and the Japanese easily as many as 2-3 million due to the atomic blasts ending the war. They suffered a total of around 300,000 casualties. My math says that we saved somewhere from 2.5 million to 3.5 million, (probably more like 10-20 million since the Japanese population was being trained to resist the invaders with pitchforks and hoes!) casualties by dropping the atomic bomb on Japan.
Now, just because some of the scientists in the Manhattan Project had a “conscience” and were worried about being part of killing, does that mean that we should take part in revising history, apologize to the Japanese and say that we were wrong to use atomic weapons? I don’t think so!
You all think about that and let me know what you come up with!
Do you think President Obama will bow down to the Japanese and offer this apology?