Oh please! The Japanese killed just as many people at Pearl Harbor as were lost on 9/11. Whining about America's bombings of Japan is like whining about the bombing of Dresden in Germany. That's how wars are fought. Politically correct wars are nonsense. Back then we fought to end wars as soon as possible with unconditional surrenders. In order to do that we had to use force.
We didn't bomb those cities for fun or because we wanted to; we bombed them to force the Empire of Japan's hand into unconditional surrender to end the Pacific War immediately and to prevent countless more Americans from dying from an invasion of Japan's mainland. And it's not like we targeted civilians. That might be the popular wisdom going around these days, but those cities had military targets in them; the civilians cost was great but collateral damage nonetheless. I don't regret our decision to nuke Japan. Given the option to prolong the war, show indecision towards Japan and lose hundreds of thousands more Americans, or use a new weapon capable of ending it all and bringing a just peace, we chose the latter.
In fact, we saved millions of Japanese by doing so and not invading. Japan had no regard for human life, not even its own people. And we knew we'd face huge casualties invading Japan. The last two great battles were on their islands of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, some of the bloodies fighting in the whole theater. We saved American, Allied, and Japanese lives because of what we did. Seeing the evidence of those cities literally disappearing from the face of the Earth forced their leadership into an absolute surrender. And thank God it did.
There was also the prospect of preserving military and material resources rather than engaging in a pointless and bloody invasion of a country that could otherwise be forced to give up. We also had to worry about making a move before the Soviets made their own and invaded Japan which they very much were planning to do. We made the right move in what we did, and no it's not pretty what happened, but then war almost never is. Regardless of your sensibilities, I stand by what I said. Japan is most assuredly standing and because of us has been rebuilt and made stronger, if not one of the greatest countries in the modern world. A poor choice of words? I should think not. It was the God's honest truth.
And this goes for you just as much as that Vendak kid- don't bother with these sporadic hit and run posts taking me to task for my comments but then retreat as if you don't want an argument on your hands. That's the most annoying thing ever. If you don't want a debate, don't say anything.
After seeing what you said about "Japan still standing" that is a pretty piss poor thing to say.
The foundation blocks are still standing, but the city of Hiroshima, the people and everyone who died have been crippled by it. I know, I went to Hiroshima. I spoke to people there for a college report.
I am not saying this for the sake of it, but I don't want to get into an argument over that statement, just telling you that is a poor statement from a man who is suppose to be representing his 'loved' country. If your attitude reflects the rest of the army that you are a part of, God help us all.