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Hiroshima: A War Crime?

John Simkin

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  • 2 years later...

I tend to disagree. There are conflicting reports about the projected casualties of a Japanese invasion but we do know a lot of allied personnel thought it saved many lives. We also know that the Japanese people were prepared for a bloody guerrilla war in case of invasion. I don't think there can ever be a definitive answer, only opinions.

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Yes, I believe that Hiroshima was a war crime. I'm sure many here know that by June 1945 Japan was beaten and prostrate. Mainland Japan was virtually defenseless against air attacks. Bombing runs over the Japanese home islands were losing only 0.003 of our bombers in air raids on Japan—in other words, only 3 out of every 1,000 bombers were being shot down. Every major Japanese port had been mined. The Japanese people were on the verge of starvation. 

All this being said, if we had nuked a genuine military target, I would not object nearly as much. 

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