August 22, 2013

Reddit flood

Today, someone linked to me in a comment on Reddit. It's the third time in about a month, and I never had that happen before this month. It sure doesn't cause as much traffic as Instapundit or SlashDot, but it's respectable.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Site Stuff at 12:39 PM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 While a bit inflammatory by the Israeli official, it actually will be a good thing when Japan stops remembering the bombings. 

The value of the Nuclear Bombs really was less in their damage (though they really were the first true "strategic" bombings done, as they could be fairly accurate and get the job done) and more in what it did to the culture.   Without the bombs, Operation Downfall would have been a go, Kyushu's coast would still be in need of bomb removal and the total cost of lives to take the 4 Main Islands would have been insane.   The total Japanese population, even right now, would also probably be 10-20 million lower.

The bombs achieved their military objects, but the greatest victory was the fact it destroy the Will to Fight of most of the leadership.  That lead to the surrender, which perserved a good bit of Japanese heritage.  Yet they will haven't truly "worked through" WW2 as a culture.  Until they do, they'll keep on the road to fading away.

Posted by: sqa at August 22, 2013 03:45 PM (mxHiu)

2 Let's not have that discussion here, please.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 22, 2013 04:42 PM (+rSRq)

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