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Do you hear the cries of the Japanese children what were hit by the bomb? Me neither

They were killed after all.
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Because even though Germany was also the enemy to the americans, the germans didn't actually attack America, whereas Japan did.
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yunacaycaythesecond wrote:

So... history isn't my strong suit and it's about 3am so maybe I'm just not thinking correctly, but wasn't Pearl Harbor one of the reasons the US decided to nuke Japan?


No, not really. We already paid them back for that with air raids on mainland Japan long before that. Those air raids from earlier were specifically to avenge Pearl Harbor. Historians speculate a number of reasons why we decided to nuke Japan. Here are just a few:

1.) To show the Soviets not to mess with us after the end of the war.

2.) To test a weapon in actual warfare that we spent years and billions developing.

3.) To save American lives and end the war as quickly as possible. To see more about our alternatives, read the Wiki on Operation Downfall: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Downfall

4.) This follows from 3, but also to have Japan surrender quickly enough before the Soviets invaded mainland Japan and took half of it.

Just to put this in perspective, the atomic bombs took less lives than the fire bombings of Tokyo and Dresden. So while these atomic bombs were horrible and destructive, they weren't as powerful as the hydrogen bomb, which came later and what we think of today when we think of nuclear war.
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http://www.stripes.com/blogs/the-rumor-doctor/the-rumor-doctor-1.104348/are-purple-hearts-from-1945-still-being-awarded-1.116756




In 1945, the U.S. military expected up to 1 million casualties in the invasion of Japan, so the services stocked up on Purple Hearts. But Japan surrendered after the atomic bombings and Soviet invasion of Manchuria, leaving the services with hundreds of thousands of Purple Hearts that were no longer needed.

One reader asked The Rumor Doctor if Purple Hearts from 1945 are still being awarded to troops today. One historian says yes.



70 years later, still handing out purple hearts ordered if the invasion of Japan had gone through.
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The greatest reason to nuking Japan was simply to reduce casualties.

We're talking about the Showa Period here. Honor is of highest importance to the Japanese. The kamikazes are a great example of this: they are willing to die for their country for the sake of one target. Likewise, if the Allies were to launch an invasion on Japan, they would pretty much have to wipe out the entire population for a surrender. Men, women, elders and even children would grab whatever they can fight with as a weapon and defend their land to the end. They might even go as far as tying a kitchen knife to a broomstick. The land of the rising sun would see a red dawn.

The US government estimated that about one million Allied lives would be spent on this invasion. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications estimated Japan's population by the end of the war to be 71,998,104. In total, the invasion would theoretically cause the death of over 72 million people, assuming the whole population of Japan is honor-bound

The bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima had caused a total of about 129,000 people to die.

War in inhumane, no matter what. In this case, it's better to lose 120k lives rather than 72 million lives. There could be a better way, but judging the United State's main goal was to end the war as quickly as possible, there probably wasn't much of a choice.

If you'd like to learn more of what would happen if we didn't use the bombs, search up Operation Downfall. It was a large-scale plan to invade Japan that was scrapped after the war ended. Instead, we occupied Japan for a while.

Digressions aside, you ask why Germany and Italy wasn't bombed? The previous posters answered that. Both countries surrendered before the bomb was even tested. Germany never truly recovered from the Battle of the Bulge, which was their final offensive strike. Italy's military was a joke. The Italian Campaign lasted only about a year while still having most of the forces on the other fronts. And most importantly, they'd know when a war is lost.

TLDR: Japanese people are crazy. We had to nuke them to slap some sense into them.
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We nuked Japan because of their answer in Potsdam, nuking Japan was sending a message to the Soviets as well to show how strong they were.
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NordicPyro wrote:

The greatest reason to nuking Japan was simply to reduce casualties.

We're talking about the Showa Period here. Honor is of highest importance to the Japanese. The kamikazes are a great example of this: they are willing to die for their country for the sake of one target. Likewise, if the Allies were to launch an invasion on Japan, they would pretty much have to wipe out the entire population for a surrender. Men, women, elders and even children would grab whatever they can fight with as a weapon and defend their land to the end. They might even go as far as tying a kitchen knife to a broomstick. The land of the rising sun would see a red dawn.

TLDR: Japanese people are crazy. We had to nuke them to slap some sense into them.


In fact, we warned them that we would drop the bomb. Their samurai posturing thought we were bluffing. TWICE.
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why nuke japan?
becuase they would have never surendured,
and invasion would have cost many more american AND japanese lives, think suicide cliff, saipan.
if no nuke, there would have been no japanese people. more or less an introverted nation of fanatics.

edit: even the nazi considered suicide bombings, but had the sence to not choose it. japan thought it was a good idea and tried it. a nuke had to be dropped. there really wasn't a better way.
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