To The Daily Sun,
Leon R. Albushies continues with his tired rants on big ole evil America, this time chastising us for dropping the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and thus ending the war with Japan. He teases with maligned enlightenment that America would have never invaded Japan saying, "Why would we risk the lives of thousands of Marines when Japan had been defeated and subject to the rule and dominance of the United States."
First of all Mr. Albushies, I know that you are many years older than me, so I am shocked of your absolute ignorance of this well-documented theater. Japan may have held the proudest and more brutal of all the armies of modern day warfare. Despite America's hard fought, bloody victories at places like Iwo Jima and Okinawa, Japan still had quite a military force. I know that we were pounding Japan with bombers and had crippled its military capabilities (thank you Gen. Curtis LeMay and many brave pilots), however its elite Imperial Army still boasted over 5 million troops in areas like Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand, Burma, the Dutch East Indies and Malaya.
Secondly, although there had been a few famous generals and admirals (Eisenhower, MacArthur, Nimitz) who were quoted as saying the bomb may have not been mandatory for the defeat of Japan, however, the fact of the matter was that Japan had not surrendered. Your letter paints Japan in the light of being a sad, innocent victim of war, and that is where I reject it, Leon.
Japan essentially shot us in the back with a cowardly attack on Pearl Harbor. Their soldiers and government had been guilty of war crimes against other nations and their own people for centuries. They had refused to sign the Geneva Convention of 1929. Their government supported burying women and children alive in China. Torture prison camps in the Philippines. The Nanjing Massacre. Japanese killing competitions.
Then there was their proud warrior ways. The way of the Samurai. Falling on your sword or drinking poison rather than being taken prisoner (probably because they thought they would be treated like they treated prisoners). And if you think shooting their planes down was easy why don't you ask the survivors of U.S. naval boats like the Abner Read (DD-526) and around 47 other vessels sunk or damaged by kamikaze attacks just how easy it was.
The fact of the matter was that they hadn't surrendered at that time. Very few people thought they would just submit and comply with our government. It wasn't in their nature. Of course the bomb was also a message to Russia, which may have had more atrocities against humanity than Germany and Japan put together. Many of the major powers had been racing to develop the bomb. All I can say is that you should thank the higher powers that be it was the United States of America and not Germany, Russia or Japan that had perfected it first, or the world we live in would be very different today, Mr. Albushies. In that world, if you had written into a local newspaper complaining about the atrocities you believed your government was committing you then you would be quickly hauled off to a gulag somewhere for voicing your opinion and executed in some horrific manner.
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