This week being the 68th anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which led to the end of hostilities in the Pacific Theater during World War II and brought about peace after four years of American involvement in the wholesale slaughter that war unleashed (and a much longer period of Japanese slaughter throughout Asia), we thought we’d show a pair of videos reinforcing why the decision to drop the bomb was made and why, contrary to the Left’s frequent protestations, Harry Truman’s decision was the morally correct one.
First, a video from Prager University. Father Wilson Miscamble, a history professor at Notre Dame, sets forth the conditions on the ground at the time the decision was made and what the political effects of the bombs were in Japan at the time. You’ll notice that even after Hiroshima the Japanese military was still fully committed to carrying on the fight…
But Bill Whittle, in an Afterburner piece which he calls his best work (and we agree), goes much further and into considerable detail as to (1) why Hiroshima and Nagasaki were targeted, (2) what the expectations were of American and Japanese losses in the event Operation Downfall, our plan for a D-Day-style invasion of the Japanese home islands, had to be put into effect and (3) exactly how fanatical the people in charge of that country were even at the very end.
You’ll have to follow the link on this, because PJTV hasn’t put it on YouTube. But it’s well worth your time.
It’s important to revisit this history. Because the fact is, American actions at the end of the Pacific war were wholly, completely justified. They were moral actions, and they saved lives.