Today is the 62nd anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The action effectively ended the Second World War although at a terrible cost. 70,000 Japanese men, women, and children as a direct consequence of the explosion; another 30,000 succumbed to the wounds they had received over the next several months.
I’ve written, briefly, before on this subject and I’m still roughly in the same place.
I don’t think we should fool ourselves into thinking that there was some other, better way to bring the war to a close. If we had simply withdrawn our forces, there’s every reason to believe that the Japanese would have recovered and counter-attacked. That just wasn’t on option.
The alternatives that were on the table were either to maintain a naval blockade and embargo of Japan with continued bombardment (favored by the Navy) or to mount a full scale ground assault on the main Japanese islands. In either of these cases millions of Japanese would have died along with who knows how many Americans.
I sincerely wish that the U. S. had not been the only country to have used atomic weapons in war, that atomic weapons had never been used at all. You must choose from among the alternatives you have rather than from those you wish you had.
The picture above is taken from the annual commemoration of the attack in Japan.
Please also take a look at Shaun Mullen’s fine reflection on the event.
Zenpundit quotes Harry Truman’s announcement that the bomb had been detonated. If you’re not already familiar with it, read it.