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272 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 17 years ago by emitchell

Should the Americans have bombed Tokyo instead of Hiroshima at the end of World War II?

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17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 7/23/02 - 11:52:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes that's really sick if it's true. Never heard it before though. And no, they shouldn't have dropped it on Tokyo. Killing that many people in the first place was bad enough..
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 7/24/02 - 12:03:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
That's a new rumor to me, and I doubt it's true. Japan was basically in total mobilization by the time America decided to drop the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and were training women and children to fight and arming them with whatever they could find in preperation for an American invasion. The hope being that the human costs of fighting a groundwar on the Japanese mainland would convince the US to accept a peace treaty that wouldn't entirely humiliate Japan and its emperor. Apparently, even after Hiroshima and Nagasaki were obliterated, the hardliners in Japan's military wanted to keep fighting, but it was the emperor who decided that it was time to stop the killing. As for dropping an a-bomb on Tokyo, it wouldn't have surprised me. I am willing to bet that where the bombs were dropped was more because of what the weather was like than anything else.
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 7/24/02 - 12:22:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
Why Tokyo? Bombing Hiroshima and Nakasaki (don't remember how to spell it) seemed to of got the job done. I mean..I'm sorry it happened and all. About the rumor...I never heard of it either and think (or hope) it's hooey!!!
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 7/24/02 - 12:36:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
yeah.. I've heard that rumour a few times.. //rdj
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 7/24/02 - 12:40:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
It wouldn't surprise me if the rumour was true.
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 7/24/02 - 6:21:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm sure it wouldn't surprise those that not only assume, but also look forward to hearing the worst about America. It's bullsh*t conspiracy theory nonsense. Charlie is right, the Japanese were preparing their citizens, including women and children, to fight to the death. Children were trained to strap explosives to their bodies and jump under tanks. The fact is that almost all evidence pointed to no surrender. In several battles, Japanese, again including women and children, committed suicde rather than be captured. As the US got closer to the Japanese mainland, Japan was amassing their military to defend.
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 7/24/02 - 6:22:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
To answer the question, no they shouldn't have. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were effective enough obviously.
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 7/24/02 - 6:25:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
It doesn't matter to me Culann, I find the use of nuclear weapons inexcusable, regardless of wether or not there would have been a lot of casualties if it hadn't been used. The main reason that I wouldn't have been surprised about them using it anyway, is that they needed to justify spending SO MUCH money on developing a weapon. I don't think America would have bombed those cities just for the heck of it, which is what think the worst of them would be.
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 7/24/02 - 6:25:19 AM EST (GMT-5)
Plus Hiroshima and Nagasaki were centers of Armamnet production, thus making them legit imate military targets.
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 7/24/02 - 6:25:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
thinkING the worst of them.
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 7/24/02 - 6:26:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
Conventional carpet bombing could have taken out the factories without the excessive civilian casualties, however I must admit I did not know they were.
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 7/24/02 - 6:27:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
"It is rumored that the United States military knew from spies and inside souces that Japan was going to surrender before we dropped the bomb on them." Well, if that were true, they would have surrendered BEFORE we dropped the SECOND bomb on them don't you think? Come on, pretend that the grey matter inside of your skull is useful for other things than a repository for THC...
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 7/24/02 - 6:30:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
Cities such as Hiroshima and Nagasaki were chosen because they were not as densely populated as cities like Tokyo and were not as historically significant as cities like Kyoto. There are several published accounts of the target selection process--they all seem to indicate that the US gave careful thought to where the bombs would be dropped.
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 7/25/02 - 8:16:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
Being as I am the oldest person here, and I have been to both places and read a little...I am sorry for what was awful, but war is awful and I am proud of Pres. Truman for doing saved a lot of lives in the long run...and bombing Tokyo might have killed the Emperor, and then who would have surrendered? I personally know a Japanese lady who was being trained with bamboo spears to kill the american invaders. Japanese have a different view of the world, they do not think like Westerners, and we cannot judge what they would do by western standards...theirs are different...And it Kyoto was avoided from the beginning. It has beautiful Temples...a wonderful place to visit.
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 7/25/02 - 8:31:52 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't agree with the bombings necessarily, but they did finish the war. Had the bombs not been dropped, the fighting would've continued even longer - and who knows how many lives would have been lost then.
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 7/25/02 - 8:32:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
why make bombs if you're not going to use them ?
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 8/16/02 - 3:52:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 8/16/02 - 4:03:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
Dropping those two bombs cost alot of Japanese lives, thats for sure. But they saved countless US and Japanese lives if we would have had to invade and fight conventional battles there.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 11/9/02 - 8:00:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
We're still talking about a nuclear weapon being used on a basically civilian target.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 11/9/02 - 12:17:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
Both Hiroshima and Nagasaki were big military targets.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 11/9/02 - 12:22:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
You also gotta remember, more people were killed in the dropping on napalm than the nuclear bombs, or so I'm told. If you're gonna whine about deaths, look at the napalm droppings.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 11/9/02 - 12:24:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
Hiroshima was a military center and was an initial target. Kokura (now Kitakyushu) was the second target but the weather was not good, so they moved to a secondary target, Nagasaki. Nagasaki had the large Mitsubishi Shipyards and was the major center for shipping to the China and Southeast Asia fronts and sent a large amount of goods and arms to the South Pacific and Okinawa. **BTW, where is the so-called "rumor". It has been erased.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 9/4/03 - 9:37:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
Nagasaki...was a MISTAKE! Tsurumi essentially said it, except that they didn't know which city they dropped it on. Yes, Nagasaki was on the list, but all that the pilots saw was that the town was heavily industrialized, so gone it went. They essentially went around until they saw a break in the clouds, they saw a city underneath, so they did a turn around, and dropped the bomb.

As for Tokyo, they couldn't bomb Tokyo that way, if there is no Emporor, then that means the Generals are in charge. In a shorter time than it took for the nuclear weapon to go off, the Emporor would be raised to martyr status, and at that point, you may as well eradicate the island, cuz you will NOT be able to have them surrender at any costs. And the Americans knew this.

13 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 9/10/06 - 5:08:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
No where in Japan should have been bombed. I'm sorry if it helped end the war and all that, but I've been to Hiroshima. I've seen ground zero. It is truly horrifying.

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