You cannot politicize the past with leftist histrionics
By Doc Vega
Within a very short period of time after the first successful test of an implosion type of plutonium atomic bomb at the Trinity Site in New Mexico just 35 miles south of Socorro in the Jornada del Muerto desert on July 16, 1945, 2 Japanese targets had been selected. On August 9, 1945 the second of two atomic bomb drops occurred. Even though Germany had surrendered on May 8, 1945 there was still an all-out war going on in the Pacific.
Unleashing the genie
Although physics expert, and leader of the secret Los Alamos atomic bomb project, Robert Oppenheimer, along with, scientist, Enrico Fermi, had crises of conscience over the implications of worldwide deployment of nuclear weapons, the project had produced a successful prototype “the Gadget”, tested at the Trinity Site, and two deployable devices to be dropped by a B-29 bomber “Little Boy” and “Fat Man”.
There was no turning back
History tells us why these two devices were deployed regardless of the liberal objections to the use of the devices and how these people feel that the use of the atomic devices could have been avoided. As a matter of fact, during the Clinton administration, a protest was to be planned on Capitol Hill to observe the anniversary of the Hiroshima blast that occurred on August 6, 1945. Posters of victim photos would be displayed and carried by liberals as well as those unwittingly funded by socialist groups. They were to protest the act of the US using these nuclear devices as well as laying blame on America for the supposed atrocities committed by US leadership. Luckily US veterans of foreign wars and others got together and put a stop to these demonstrations that were intended to misrepresent the true events of history for a political agenda.
These moronic arguments still exist today accusing American military leadership of wanting to be the first to use such weapons and demonstrate US superiority as well as the Truman administration wanting to see the fruition of their 2 billion dollar investment in the Los Alamos project. Regardless of the horrid aspects of what Japanese civilians would be subjected to those who want to retroactively argue the historic motivations of the major players at that time will only second guess decisions that were made in an era that many today simply can’t comprehend. This is emblematic of an uneducated population, of liberals with their typical oblivious agenda, and of those trying to attach fault for the inescapable realities of a global war.
How the deadly recipe unfolded
For many to go back in time and try to interpret the mindset of a public and a military that had fought for 5 long years in America and had endured World War I a short 23 years before, use of the atomic bomb must seem harsh and unnecessarily punitive, when, in actuality, it is completely understandable when one puts the complete scenario into the proper perspective. This where many critics of the use of the two nuclear bombs fail to see why it was necessary to deploy such weapons in order to finally bring the end to a war that Japan had been conducting since 1932 when they attacked Manchuria and began to slowly draw plans against the US Pacific Fleet as FDR’s sanctions began to infringe on Japan’s access to vital resources such as petroleum in the Asian Pacific region.
For people to protest the use of the Little Boy and Fat Man on Hiroshima and Nagasaki demonstrates a convenient amnesia when considering that Japan had a huge operating Army still in Manchuria and parts of China, Burma, the Philippines, and the Japanese mainland. Though the Imperial Navy had been practically decimated by Admiral Chester Nimitz and the Pacific Fleet, there were still viable submarines, ships, and isolated Pacific garrisons that had been bypassed during the bloody island hopping campaign of the US on its way to Tokyo. Estimated Allied casualties in an amphibious assault and capture of the Japanese mainland alone were estimated at more than a million men. This did not include thee continued fighting in other regions still remaining under Japanese Army occupation.
The aggressor who must atone
Let us rehash what Japan unleashed upon the world to begin with. When the sneak attack was successfully carried out against Pearl Harbor, a succession of Japanese victories followed as the Imperial Navy began rapid strikes, bombings, and amphibious assaults on huge segments of Asia Pacific nations under both British and American control. The devastating attacks quickly reduced the unprepared military of Britain and the US to the retiring defensive strategy of units that were under equipped, unprepared for battle, and overrun in quick succession.
An expeditionary scourge
General Douglass MacArthur found his command quickly surrounded, under siege, and ill-equipped to conduct prolonged combat as a well-trained Japanese Army and Imperial Navy scored one bloody victory after another. General MacArthur was ordered to vacate his command and sneak through enemy defenses to Australia to establish operations there. From the island of Corregidor to San Fernando at Bataan an estimated 60 to 80,000 American and Filipino troops who had fought the Japanese for 3 months, were forcibly marched by well- armed Japanese soldiers. Many of the men were sick, underfed, wounded, and suffering from exhaustion. As they faltered during the course of the march, they were beheaded, shot, or bayoneted. An estimated 2,500 to 10,000 Filipinas died whereas 300 to 600 American service men died on the way to their destination to train boxcars where they were loaded to be transported to Camp O’Donell, a POW camp.
Atrocities through-out the Pacific theater
As Corregidor was overrun by Japanese soldiers many of the wounded had been run through by bayonet as they lay on stretchers receiving what little medical care remained. The women serving there as nurses and aid were raped, tortured, and murdered. General Stillwell, who took over command after MacArthur was ordered out by FDR was subjected to such starvation that he never fully recovered in civilian life after the war. He accompanied MacArthur at the Japanese surrender and signing ceremony on the USS Missouri in 1945.
In Manila the Japanese conducted a savage campaign of conquest and would only accept unconditional and brutal terms of surrender after destroying the British Fleet and ravaging an unprepared British occupational force. The British faced near starvation, harsh labor camps, and eager opportunities for execution by their Japanese counterparts as they endured the incredibly hot Asian summer months.
As the Japanese invaded and wiped out US Marines, Corps of Engineers personnel, and Army troops in places like Wake Island, Guam, the Gilbert Islands, and Luzon, few prisoners were taken. POW’s on these island outposts were often times persecuted later in the war as American victories mounted. The surviving Marines on Wake were tortured or murdered each time news of another Allied victory reached the Japanese occupied island.
Horrific price paid by China
However, of all nations it is clear that China suffered more losses of its military personnel and civilian populace. After Jimmy Doolittle’s successful raid over Japan in early 1942, the Japanese occupational forces in China conducted bitter and bloody programs against the Chinese population murdering hundreds of thousands. When some of Doolittle’s aviators crashed in enemy territory and were captured, there were tortured, murdered, and some were sent to POW camps in Japan where they remained the rest of the war.
Assessing undeserved blame
People have actually blamed President Roosevelt for placing sanctions upon the Japanese as they carried on their bloody crusades against Manchuria and continued to hone their war machine. Attributing guilt upon FDR for realizing the continuing threat building in the Far East through Japanese aggression demonstrates the reluctance of the liberal mindset to acknowledge facts and historic merits.
Overlooking the incredible human cost
Manchuria, a Chinese province, was first invaded by Japan in 1931. China itself was invaded by 1937. Both Formosa and Korea were invades and subjected to brutal occupation by Japanese forces until the end of the war. As Japan fought Chinese Nationalist troops on the mainland, as many as 300,000 soldiers could die defending Shanghai in just three months as the better equipped Japanese unleashed murderous attacks against civilian centers and terrible bombing campaigns killing thousands in many Chinese urban centers.
US losses alone in World War II were over 290,000 men killed and more than 690,000 wounded. This does not account for the horrendous losses of China, Taiwan, Korea, the Philippines, and the nations of Indo China invaded by the Japanese Army and Imperial Navy. By 1945 the world had seen enough bloodshed, torture and inhumanity by Japan.
The US government in anticipation of a bloody invasion campaign on the Japanese mainland had minted 2 million Purple Hearts medals for US servicemen in anticipation of the costly campaign ahead. Still the Japanese fielded the feared Kamikaze strikes against US shipping as the final days of the war drew to a close.
The ultimate strategy
The agenda of the US government was to save lives rather than to take more. The Japanese had exhibited a fanatical resistance to US conquering forces during the island hopping campaign in Iwo Jima, the Marshalls, Okinawa, Tarawa, and so many other costly pieces of Pacific real estate paid for with the blood of American troops. When Air Force General Curtis LeMay had masterminded an incendiary bombing campaign that had led to firestorms in Tokyo and other Japanese cities, and there was still no surrender, American military leaders were not only frustrated, but reassured that only horrendous Allied losses would result from the invasion of the Japanese mainland.
The Los Alamos team
Once Robert Oppenhiemer’s research group had perfected the atomic bomb, President Truman and Supreme Commander, General George Marshall were anxious to deploy the new weapon to end the war. Was there a motive of vengeance involved? No doubt. If anyone who wants to argue about the swift method used to force Japanese surrender they need only talk to what few survivors left today experienced under the cruelty of Japanese invasion as soldiers raped thousands of Chinese women, used Samurai swords to decapitate them, and even killed babies using these unthinkable methods.
It took 2 bombs to convince the Japanese to surrender. In each city, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, somewhere in the estimates of 60 to 80,000 people per city died initially from the bomb damage itself. Compared to what the Japanese did to China and Manchuria alone over the years they invaded, raped, and pillaged there the atomic bomb losses are a meager and yet horrible price to be paid. For anyone to look backward into history and accuse American use of the nuclear devices to end World War II as inhumane is viewing reality with the tunnel vision of liberal refusal to acknowledge history on an objective scale.
What could have happened would have been worse
Had the Germans secured a working nuclear device first and delivered it with their V-2 much less the V-1 buzz bombs which were the precursors of the modern stealth missile, the events of history might have changed hands with even more bloodletting. Had the Japanese been able to deploy nuclear weapons, there would have been little discretion over what actions could be considered an atrocity or when enough bloodshed had finally transpired. Doubtless in the hands of other nations, the remarkable restraint of the United States in its offensive use of atomic weapons would have amounted to a much more costly outcome. Yet, some historic analysts have cast a blind eye to human suffering in pursuit of an even more perverse rationale of liberal interpretation which would have led to a prolonged conflict that would have resulted in even more deaths.
The final outcome
Forcing Japan to surrender months if not years earlier allowed for the rebuilding of Japan itself much sooner under the generous oversight of General Douglas MacArthur as the world itself was resurrected from the most devastating conflict in human history. Let the scholars carry on their useless debates as they attempt to attach blame to those who felt they were forced to use the biggest stick in the arsenal to subdue Japan. Much more miraculous is the fact that to this day, a nuclear device has not been used in anger to harm the people of any nation state. The United States deserves much credit for it judicious use of nuclear power as a source of power, medical treatment, and as a deterrent rather than a choice in matters of aggression.
One last attempt to prolong the war
A last insight into the Japanese mindset and how the signing of official surrender was almost disrupted in favor of continuing the war. A fanatical Japanese Army Captain led an attempted military officer coup to stop the broadcast by Emperor, Hirohito, to the people of Japan informing them that the war had been lost. Just hours before the official surrender was to be signed by Japanese dignitaries and by General Douglas MacArthur aboard the USS Battleship Missouri, this insane conspiracy was averted. Hostilities would finally cease. This was the type of fanaticism that the Allies feared and would have dealt with as a bloody invasion was undertaken to end the Pacific theater of World War II.
Why only one option to end the war was left
This should demonstrate to any rational mind just why the nuclear option was chosen to convince Japanese leaders to call a halt to further costly aggression. It is the incredible realization brought about by incidents like this that clearly spell out for those skeptical about what influenced the true motives of US leadership coming to their decision to use nuclear weapons to end a war that would have dragged on unnecessarily costing the Allies more lives, more money, and delaying the world’s efforts at rebuilding.