Did the Japanese deserve the Atomic Bomb?

Discussion in 'War Against Japan' started by LostKingdom, Feb 25, 2004.

  1. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    An American friend prompted by the film “Oppenheimer” has circulated a 2020 article 'What journalists should know about the atomic bombings' by a nuclear historian, Alex Wellerstein, which provides in my freind's opinion, a rundown of the “decision” to drop the atomic bombs, with an overview of the historical debates and some suggestions for deeper reading.
    Link: What journalists should know about the atomic bombings

    I know I posted on this thread once and have not read all of it. The article also has links to some of his previous writing and in the comments a link to another's website on declassified documents: ATOMIC BOMB: DECISION (Hiroshima-Nagasaki)

    Looking for this article I searched thread titles for atomic, bomb and nuclear - finally using deserve to find this thread. There is a short 2005 thread that may be of interest: Atom Bomb On Japan Only one member's name was familiar, Spidge.

    Alex Wellerstein appears in a 2015 thread, as a contributor to a debate: Destroyer of worlds
  2. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

  3. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer Pearl Harbor Myth Buster

    The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II | National Security Archive

    One paper is especially note worthy. When asked about bomb production the reply was "We'll produce six a month by October." (Paraphrased, I don't have the oomph to dig into the docs right now.) No mention of how many would be on hand and/or used by the 1st of Oct. The two in the Pacific at the end of the war were used at the Bikini tests.
  4. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

  5. A-58

    A-58 Not so senior Member

    It would be interesting to read what the Japanese movie goers thought of it I think. Pure curiosity of course. Not that I am really concerned with their feeling about it though. I'm sure that their opinions are a bit skewed about their WW2 experience. In Japanese schools I’ve read that they’re taught that the US forced them to into the war with the devastating embargoes.

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