Was it necissary to bomb Japan in order to end WWII?

Posted by: minpin_films

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Yes

Why do you think so?
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No

Why do you think so?
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It wasn't necessary, but it was preferable.

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Tumblrnatic says2015-05-15T14:54:57.2111818-05:00
@minpin_films. Please learn to spell. Necessary
Daktoria says2015-05-15T15:38:28.7218710-05:00
It wasn't necessary, but it was certainly preferable. The alternative was millions dead: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Downfall
biggest_pro_going says2015-05-16T07:04:30.1743555-05:00
People only vote yes because like good old canned bread they are stupid and love America. Or they like to show how smart they are are by saying a "nuclear bombs looks bad to an idiot, but when u are like me and do 100hours of research and compile a small report you see that MURICA IS RIGHT. As per usual. According to some of of u American loving idiots America is ALWAYS right/best at everything.
58539672 says2015-05-16T07:46:42.1083092-05:00
@biggest_pro_going Your saying that people who provide a substantial amount of evidence to support their argument are stupid? That is called having a sound argument. You may have one if you actually used evidence instead of simple minded propaganda.
biggest_pro_going says2015-05-17T17:49:51.0570567-05:00
I am British and their is no anti American propaganda here. Also it does not matter if someone provides a source or not as on the Internet people can make what ever they want. I could make a page and say North Korea had 1000 nuclear bombs then someone else could use that as a source.
Midnight1131 says2015-05-17T17:54:20.9405167-05:00
@Biggest_Pro_Going, you learn how to tell the difference between reliable sources and nonsense by the time you're 15 years old. Your denial of the evidence is just showing that you will remain anti America, simply because you want to.
tajshar2k says2015-05-17T17:55:11.5324923-05:00
All of Europe has Anti-American sentiments.
Midnight1131 says2015-05-17T17:56:46.2563797-05:00
The entire world has anti-american sentiments in fact.
58539672 says2015-05-17T21:35:31.4464073-05:00
I think the world misses the British Empire. No one else could treat foreign nations that badly that politely.
ConceptEagle says2015-05-19T12:10:11.8157284-05:00
What disappoints me is the amount of people who have the false belief that there was no choice other than nuclear bombing civilians or a full-scale land invasion.
BblackkBbirdd says2015-05-19T13:02:28.0644536-05:00
Fine then, enlighten us?
ConceptEagle says2015-05-19T13:25:11.7965779-05:00
Ohai Birdie Alright, the United States could have just waited for results and done nothing as the Soviet Union declared war on Japan. Japan refused to surrender after they noticed the first atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima and surrendered after Nagasaki. However, the Soviet Union declared war and invaded Manchuria on the same day of Nagasaki. The Japanese were relying on neutrality with the Soviet Union for survival and a mediator for peace. So when Stalin declared war on Japan, Japan's leadership was shocked more than the atomic bombing and Hirohito pleaded for surrender to his military commanders(who ran the nation) and many, only out of loyalty to their Emperor, decided to have Japan surrender.
ConceptEagle says2015-05-19T13:32:15.2192213-05:00
Eisenhower never approved of the atomic bombings and all these high-ranking military commanders focusing in the Pacific at the time agreed with him. http://www.colorado.edu/AmStudies/lewis/2010/atomicdec.htm
58539672 says2015-05-19T14:06:43.5301149-05:00
Immediately after the destruction of Hiroshima, Foreign Minister Togo Shigenori proposed in an August 7th cabinet meeting that surrender to the allies should be considered. On August 8th, Prime Minister Suzuki began expressing his own views of ending the war. This is a very different change of policy from before the bombing when they wanted the neutral Soviet Union to negotiate a peace settlement. Many in the administration, and even the emperor himself at one point, agreed that surrender was the best option, but they wanted to negotiate under more favorable conditions. Immediately after the Soviet invasion, nearly all members of the administration agreed that surrender was their only option, when out of nowhere, they get news of the bombing of Nagasaki. These two events stacked on top of each other had such a staggering shock value that the Emperor himself intervened and demanded that Japan surrender to the Allies immediately. All three of these events had a hand in ending the war, and saying that only one was the main cause for surrender is a bit narrow minded.
ConceptEagle says2015-05-19T16:15:25.7160735-05:00
Not only do I disagree, I find your last assumption highly disrespectful. I like it when people contribute to conversations, but to throw in an insult is not what I like to see.
ConceptEagle says2015-05-19T16:18:36.1119606-05:00
Also, I was referring to what I believe was the sole reason for Japan's surrender.
58539672 says2015-05-19T21:24:32.3494536-05:00
@ConceptEagle If I have offended you, then I apologize. But focussing on only one aspect of a situation when several exist does fit the definition of narrow minded. It does not mean that you are wrong, just that you've focussed on only one part of the discussion. And if we are talking about the main causes of Japan's surrender, the pacification of their Navy at Midway and its following battles at the hands of the US Navy could be seen as the most significant contributor. Once Japan lost their ability to fight back, some form of surrender was inevitable. Everything else just speed up the process.

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