Today is the anniversary of the United States dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima
70 years later, it’s become too easy to criticize the US decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan. There are many articles that attempt to apply 20/20 hindsight to the decision, but more often than not, these articles sound more like the naive politically-correct ramblings self-proclaimed intellectuals and academics.
The U.S. did not start WWII. On December 7, 1941, Japan surprised attacked Pearl Harbor where 2,403 Americans were killed, and 1,178 more were wounded. In case you need a reminder, please visit the Battleship Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. There you can still see oil seeping from the sunken ship that entombs US Navy sailors killed in the horrific and unprovoked Japanese attack.
It was a World war – not some diplomatic disagreement. There was a real possibility and fear that the West Coast could be attacked causing the deaths of thousands of innocent American citizens. And the brutal treatment of civilians by the Japanese was no secret. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Massacre)
The war with the Japanese dragged on for 4 years. Tens of thousands of Allied and American Soldiers, Marines and Sailors were being killed daily whether by Japanese soldiers dug-in in hillsides on islands in the Pacific, or by planes filled with explosives slamming into Allied ships. The Japanese had a fanatical loyalty to their emperor that didn’t include surrender.
The dropping of the Atomic bomb may not have been the sole reason the Japanese finally surrendered, but there’s no question that it ended that horrible war more quickly.
The next time some igonrant 20-something or self-righteous academic tries to persuade you how it was a mistake to drop the bomb, just remember that while we didn’t start it, we sure as hell ended it.