There are a number of reasons why I’m fairly certain that I have ADHD, but one of them is that it is very easy for me to lose track of time, both over the course of a day, and from one week or month to the next. This is made worse by the fact that I’m currently entirely self-employed, and I don’t have money to go out and do things, so my days all look pretty similar. That that means is that I’m now posting a video that I had meant to post six days ago.
On August 6th, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, it did the same to the city of Nagasaki. The casualties are estimated at around two hundred thousand people, but it’s hard to know for sure, because of the scale of destruction. The vast majority of those killed were civilians.
The story I heard most, growing up, was that this was done avoid a costly and bloody land invasion, but as I’ve learned more, I’ve come to believe that while invasion plans may have existed, just as the Pentagon doubtless has “invasion plans” for most countries on the planet, but I don’t believe they had an intention to invade, because they didn’t need to. Even if surrender wasn’t on the table, Japan had no ability to fight in any meaningful way, and no ability at all to project power outside its shores. All the Allies had to do was maintain a blockade, and do conventional bombing runs. There was no reason to invade.
Further, the Allies were listening in on all of Japan’s communications, knew that they were trying to get the USSR to negotiate a surrender, with their biggest sticking point being the life and safety of Emperor Hirohito – a condition the Allies were entirely fine with, outside of propaganda concerns back home. No, the reason the bombs were dropped had very little to do with the people killed and injured by them. It was done primarily as a display of power, directed primarily at the Soviet Union, and I think that Shaun’s video, below, does an excellent job of laying out the case for that. It’s a long video, but well worth your time.