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User avatar #9 - mrtwilightsparkle (05/01/2013) [-]
Because the U.S didn't...

A.) Use a previously untested weapon (Atom Bomb)
B.) Keep Hiroshima from being bombed earlier so they could precisely test the effects of the bomb on human people, including hundreds of thousands of citizens which they knew would die
C.) Side with a nation they completely disagreed with
D.) Put any Japanese citizens in concentration camps

I'm not saying it's necessarily bad what nations do in war, it's just many nations do what's necessary. With a small nation such as Japan, making surprise attacks was simply the best way to fight America.
#19 to #9 - anonymous (05/01/2013) [-]
When I received my Purple Heart, I had learned that it was made in 1945. The US Government had made so many purple hearts toward the end of World War 2 because of the chance we would have had to invade Japan that we are still using them today. That's how many lives/injuries we saved with the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
User avatar #21 to #19 - mrtwilightsparkle (05/02/2013) [-]
Congratulations and thank you, for your Purple Heart, but the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings saved the lives mostly of soldiers, who had at least come to terms that they might die. The bombs themselves killed hundreds of thousands of citizens and the after-effects killed millions.
User avatar #16 to #9 - thewickedgoose ONLINE (05/01/2013) [-]
c) the enemy of my enemy is my friend
#14 to #9 - xatrainx (05/01/2013) [-]
A.) The alternative would be an all-out invasion that would cost the world an estimated 22 million lives, of which, 20 million would be Japanese civilians. The Atom bomb was an evil, but it was a necessary evil. To call it a war-crime is naive and fallacious.

B.) The United states was betting the lives of millions on the psychological impact of the Atom bomb being enough to end the war.

Granted, the attack on Nagasaki was far less justifiable and was, in my opinion, an inexcusable waste of human life. It was rushed and there wasn't a single intelligent reason not to give the Japanese more time to debate and come to a possible resolution with the United States. Realistically, there's a good chance that all those people died in vain. Hiroshima, and the circumstances surrounding its destruction, were completely necessary to end the war.

C.) Going to war with Russia was probably the biggest mistake of the war for the Nazis. They were stopped dead in their tracks, and were later forced to fight a multi-front war against the full force of the Allies. If Hitler never invaded Russia, the British national language would be German.

D.) Technically they were internment camps, and they were a far cry from the Auschwitz or the Japanese POW camps. Also, People are racists.

That being said, there is no escaping the fact that WWII was a horrible chapter in human history. It was the greatest example of institutionalized killing in human history, and was filled with atrocities. However, it could still be fairly argued that the Allies were by far the lesser evil, and that what they did was necessary for the preservation of life and freedom.
#13 to #9 - pineapplepeople (05/01/2013) [-]
Pretty sure it's referring to the Rape of Nanking, but I may be wrong.
#11 to #9 - anonymous (05/01/2013) [-]
for A) Trinity was tested in the desert of New Mexico... July 16th 1945
#10 to #9 - zgbgydug (05/01/2013) [-]
Devil's advocate time.

Who said this was made by an American so I don't see what that has to do with this post in the first place

For C, I don't think a disagreement is a strong enough reason to not work together in order to stop a country from taking over Europe. It's not like anyone knew what was going to happen between the U.S and the Soviet Union after the war.
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