The standard lie about the end of the second World War is that the use of atomic weapons was essential to force the Japanese to surrender and so save the lives of Allied troops. There is a lot of evidence to suggest this is not true, and that the real reason had more to do with impressing the Russians and justifying the immense cost of developing the bombs. (Justifying military expenditure appears to be a recurring cause of American wars.) It’s also pretty obvious that neither Hiroshima nor Nagasaki were targets of military importance.
Some key quotes
‘The Japanese had, in fact, already sued for peace before the atomic age was announced to the world with the destruction of Hiroshima and before the Russian entry into the war.’ – Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, speech at the Washington Monument on 5 October 1945
‘The first atomic bomb was an unnecessary experiment . . . It was a mistake to ever drop it.’ – Admiral William F. Halsey, commander of the US Third Fleet, speaking in September 1945.
‘It wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing . . . to use the atomic bomb, to kill and terrorize civilians, without even attempting [negotiations], was a double crime.’ – Dwight D. Eisenhower, Allied commander-in-chief of European forces during WWII, and later president of the United States, quoted in Newsweek, 11/11/63.