>Eisenhower, King, Nimitz, MacArthur, and many others all agreed
>H&N had no meaningful military value. Nobody, not even
>proponents, thought the A-bombs would inhibit Japan's ability to
>fight the war.
The people you mentioned all thought we could have won the war
without the bomb (and with a million casualties) and therefore it's
use was to them unnecessary.
The opinions of generals and admirals who were not the ones dying
on the beaches of Iwo Jima and Tarrawa, or going to die on the
Japanese mainland, are of no concern to me. I know what relatives
who were there thought then, and thought until their deaths.
"It was a terrible thing, but thank God we had it."
Numerous proponents of the bomb thought it would inhibit Japan's
ability to fight the war, and Emperor Hirohito's surrender speech
directly credits it's use with the surrender. So in my opinion, and
many others, the proponents were correct.
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