FromLee Lofaso2:203/2.0Date Write2018-05-14 20:09:11
ToBOB ACKLEY0:0/0.0Date Arrived2018-05-14 21:20:10
SubjWhat if USA had stayed home after WWII?
Hello Bob,

LL>>>> Atomizing two Japanese cities did nothing to end the war in the
LL>>>> Pacific, as Japan had already been defeated.

RB>>> Had it?

>> Some people think so.

BA> <
BA> ma_an

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>> The Japanese had, in fact, already sued for peace. The atomic bomb
BA> played no
>> decisive part, from a purely military point of view, in the defeat of
BA> Japan.
>> - Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the U.S.
BA> Pacific Fleet

BA> In point of fact the Japanese government asked its ambassador in Moscow
BA> to have the Russians approach the Americans to set up a meeting to
BA> discuss ending the war in the Pacific. Russia chose not to pass that
BA> along. The story is, among other places, in David Kahn's "THe
BA> Codebreakers," which was published in the late 1960s. Kahn published an
BA> updated edition of the book in about 1996.

President Truman was very much aware of the Japanese offer
to surrender - which was made a full month *before* the atomic
bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Truman rejected the offer
because he wanted *two* things -

1. an unconditional surrender
2. to send a clear warning to the USSR

After atomizing two Japanese cities, Emperor Hirohito
cried uncle. And the Soviets stopped their advance, knowing
who was next on Truman's hit list.

Kahn's thesis refuted.

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