From: Mass. USA. now in OHIO
This may seem very callous especially if you are Japanese, but by dropping the nukes in '45 on Japan we entered the "nuclear age" in its infancy and on the "cheap" (relatively speaking)! If we had waited until the Korean war or later to employ the first actual use of these weapons, by that time they were so much more destructive that their initial use could have been catastrophic to say the least (without us really understanding just what would result from that use). If we hadn't the experience as a result of their use in the two Japanese cities we might have gone to war in something like the Cuban missile crisis period where we had MEGA-ton weapons.... and LOTS of them. Again please understand, I don't mean to be derogatory to Japan and the suffering it caused, but the truth is that by doing so, we helped avoid what Bill alludes to, the horrendous casualties of the invasion, but also a potential first use of those weapons when they could have been a planet ending event.
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