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We didn’t need to drop the bomb — and even our WW II military icons knew it

We didn’t need to drop the bomb — and even our WW II military icons knew it | Upsetment | Scoop.it
President Obama will finally visit Hiroshima. Moral leadership suggests both sides apologize for unspeakable acts
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We cannot know what went through Truman's mind at the time the decision was made. For instance, was he determined to limit the Soviet Union's role given the disastrous events taking place in Eastern Europe? Did he want to establish a misguided and mistaken sense of American hegemony by demonstrating a weapon so powerful? Was he that enraged by the Japanese war crimes that were coming to light? Who can actually say what he thought. Certainly years later it is easy to second guess, and when we do, the use of the Atomic bombs seems a brutal and horrible mistake. Do you think Mr. Obama should apologize for America's dropping those bombs? 
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The Bomb Didn't Beat Japan... Stalin Did - By Ward Wilson

An excellent discussion of the end of the war with Japan. How important were the two atomic bombs?

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This is a great piece of historical writing. It makes sense and recasts the significance of the atomic bomb. However, the writer does leave out one very real fact. While conventional bombing had wrecked much devastation on Japan, it did not include radiation sickness. It took a bit of time for the military leaders to understand the significance of this new kind of sequeala.

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Islamic State threatens to kill two Japanese hostages, demands ransom from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Islamic State threatens to kill two Japanese hostages, demands ransom from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"You willingly have volunteered to take part in this crusade," an alleged militant said in a video.
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How should countries react to this kind of demand? What should the nations of the world be doing to combat the madness of ISIS and similar groups? Obviously paying ransoms and giving aid and comfort are not a solution. Equally obviously, saying "We don't care what happens to our citizens," would be political suicide for any government. What would you do if you were the leader of Japan, or of any country caught in this predicament?

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