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