Manatee Slayer said:
Before you vote, I would just like to say that this question has been in my mind for a hiwle now and I have done some (albeit not a lot) of research, so I would be interested in hearing others people's opinions, hopefully based on facts.
So far, I have come to the conclusion that they shouldn't have been, and from reading different sources seem to think that the Americans did it to...prove a point or maybe revenge...that's all I have really.
Here are some of the things I have learner recently:
-The Japanese had virtually no Navy or Airforce to speak of.
-The japanese were terrified by the thought of the Russians coming, due to the fact they had lost to them before and that they would probably take over the country and install communism.
-Many high ranking officials were against the attack saying it was unnesisary and that the Japanese were ready to surrender anyway.
-Winston Churchill in his book ("The World At War") said that the bombs did not play any part in the defeat of Japan.
-The only reason people think that the bombs won the war in the Pacific is due to American Propagada.
- The Japanese had one of the largest fleets in the world
- Japan actually WON the last war they fought against the Russians See: Russo-Japanese War
- High Ranking officials weren't against the attack they were FOR it they were against an attack on the Japanese mainland which they estimated would have cost them 400,000 men
- The Japs had a mentality of no surrender no matter what happened they wouldn't surrender it was literally a last man standing scenario (Even in his speech to the Japanese people telling them they had to surrender to the Americans, he never ONCE used the word "surrender")
- The Japs surrendered after the second bomb because they thought that the Americans only had one Atomic bomb, after they saw the second one in action they knew that the americans had more. So rather than waste lives of civilians they surrendered.
Personally i believe what they did was right, considering
1) The Japanese would never surrender
2) Attacking the mainland would have cost the Americans an estimated 400,000 men.
3) After the they [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Massacre] commited i believe it to be that they cannot say that the Americans are the brutal killers after what they did to others.