Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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Right up there will the insane claim that FDR knew that Pearl Harbor was going to be bombed and allowed it is the claim that Japan was going to surrender and Truman ordered the dropping of Atmoic Bombs for reasons other than ending the war.

Fact is the Black Dragon Society didn't want Japan to surrender and Bushidō code forbid it.

in 2008 excerpts from the approximately 20 pages written by Tojo in the final days of the war and held by the National Archives of Japan were published for the first time in several newspapers.

"The notes show Tojo kept his dyed-in-the-wool militarist mentality until the very end," said Kazufumi Takayama, the archives curator, who confirmed the accuracy of the published excerpts. "They are extremely valuable."

Tojo, executed in 1948 after being convicted of war crimes by the Allies, was prime minister during much of the war. The notes buttress other evidence that Tojo was fiercely opposed to surrender despite the hopelessness of Japan's war effort.

"We now have to see our country surrender to the enemy without demonstrating our power up to 120 percent," Tojo wrote on Aug. 13, 1945, just two days before Japan gave up. "We are now on a course for a humiliating peace, or rather a humiliating surrender."

Tojo also criticized his colleagues, accusing government leaders of "being scared of enemy threats and easily throwing their hands up." Surrender proponents were "frightened by 'the new type of bomb' and terrified by the Soviet Union's entry into the war," he wrote.

The stridency of the writings is remarkable considering they were penned just days after the U.S. atomic bombs incinerated Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing some 200,000 people and posing the threat of the complete destruction of Japan. At the time, Japan had begun arming children, women and the elderly with bamboo spears, in addition to the aircraft and other forces it had marshaled, to defend the homeland against a ground invasion.

The diary shows Tojo remained convinced of the justice and necessity of Japan's brutal march through Asia and its disastrous decision to draw the United States into the war by bombing Pearl Harbor.[1]

On Aug. 10 — the day after the Nagasaki bombing — Tojo wrote that the purpose of the war was to "maintain stability in East Asia and defend our country."

"Many soldiers and the people cannot bring themselves to die until the goal is achieved," he wrote.

Still, Tojo — who apparently wrote the diary for himself rather than as an argument to his contemporaries — said he would accept in silence the decision to surrender, which was made by government leaders in the presence of then-Emperor Hirohito.

The bombings

The bombs themselves killed 200,000 and caused health problems of all kinds for God knows how many others.

But more importantly it broke the will of the Japanese God-King who in an act of mercy that so many world leaders could learn from decided to spare his people from death no matter what it cost him personally.

And while it vexed the bomber parties (each bombing run was made up of a squad of planes) to the point that one man who had been in a scout craft became an anti-war activist. the rest lived relativly normal lives secure in the kowledge that their work had saved more Japanese lives than it had taken.

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