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Yes, as these things go, it

Yes, as these things go, it was the "good war." And the sacrifice was clearly worth it. And the liberated were truly liberated and truly grateful.

But let's not go overboard. The U.S. did engage in monstrous behavior during World War II. As Bob McNamara notes in Fog of War and elsewhere, if the U.S. had lost the war, its leaders would have been prosecuted as war criminals, and not with oodles of evidence: Dresden, for instance, being the worst of the European carpet-bombing since it was completely without a target other than civilians; the Tokyo firebombing, and, if not Hiroshima, certainly Nagasaki.

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Posted by Meteor Blades (not verified) on 7 December 2005 - 4:17pm
Fair enough

...although with the weapons of the era, that was how war was fought -- total war. The nuclear use was a horror. My cynical nature, however, tells me that if we hadn't used them then, we would have found some use for them later. I think seeing is believing, and the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki served as a warning to the world. May it never ever happen again.

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Posted by media girl on 7 December 2005 - 5:19pm
Hiroshima

Honestly, while the bombings were evil acts, I beleive that the were unfortunatly nessicary, as they allowed us to win the war without the invasion, which would have caused far more civilian deaths than the bombings, let alone military deaths. And yes, I think that if we haddn't used the nukes on Japan, we would have ended up using them on Russia and WW2 would have continued between the US and Russia to even greater world devistation.

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Posted by hoopla (not verified) on 10 December 2005 - 11:02am
I have problems with World War II, also

No one, no matter how hard s/he tries can justify the dropping of the bombs on Japan to me.

Also, we knew that Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, and the mentally ill were being gassed to death and we did nothing until millions and millions were dead. Ben Hecht even ran an ad in the New York Times trying to raise funds to get people to give money to get 70,000 Roumanian Jews out of Europe. For $50 apiece, they could have transportation. He didn't raise one dollar. All 70,000 went to their deaths.

After Vietnam, I think all bets were off. America, like any other country, doesn't learn from history. We will continue to torture people or send them to places where they will be tortured.

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Posted by your name here (not verified) on 7 December 2005 - 10:25pm
"The Japanese had all but

"The Japanese had all but destroyed our ability to defend the Pacific coast." Many people say things like this, but they miss a subtle point. All the American aircraft carriers were out at sea.

The success of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and the destruction of the Italian fleet by the RAF the previous year, made it clear that battleships had become obsolete. WWII in the Pacific was going to be fought with aircraft carriers, and the US still had all its carriers. Losing some obsolete battleships was not a major blow. The biggest loss to the US at Pearl Harbor was the lives of so many sailors.

The Japanese had the world's biggest battleship, and they never dared to bring it into combat until the invasion of Okinawa, whereupon it was sunk by American planes without getting within 100 miles of the battle.

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Posted by Maidhc (not verified) on 10 December 2005 - 12:58am