(quote) Chelsea-743484 said: The Japanese were expended beyond the ability to continue the war much further after their attack on Pearl Harbour. It was only a matter of short time before they were completely out of fuel and other resources. Japan depends upon imports (even to today) from outlying lands for almost everything on the mainland. There is no way that the Japanese would have attempted any invasion of the USA. It was well known at the time that the Japanese feared marching on US soil due to the general wide-spreaded-ness of firearms in the American home.
The only reason that we made the attack on Japan with the atom bombs was to crush the Japanese after their attack on Pearl Harbour, not as a last ditch effort to end the war. Even if it was to end the war, Catholic doctrine teaches us that the end DOES NOT justify the means.
The Japanese weren't geared up for any further attack past Pearl Harbour...in fact...it's reported that the Pearl Harbour attack was to appear not to eager in the course of its surrender.
I've been to Hiroshima. I've seen evidence of the destruction wrought. My grandfather was nearby where the bombs were dropped in Japan...and he said that the destruction was just plain disgusting and devastating. He said that people were walking around alive with their skin hanging off of them and worse...and that he shared, like many of the Japanese who were hit with the heavy radiation, the death of his thyroid and subsequent radiation related illnesses. He lost all his teeth eventually.
How do you ever justify vaporizing people...and not giving them the chance to have recourse to a priest for last rites??
You are looking from hindsight in your description of the capability of the
Japanese. Even after America dropped the first bomb, the fighting
continued. Then they dropped a second bomb.
Yes, it was a most inhumane way to die, but what about the atrocities the
Japanese performed on their enemies in their many years of war with
Japanese did not give any of their victims recourse for a priest. That is not
what war is about.
Fighting a war is not for the faint of heart. We are very lucky there are men
and women who take on that role knowing that doing so may mean they
will loose their own lives or become maimed for the rest of their lives.
They do their jobs to make the rest of us safe.
Your Grandfather went to Japan after the attack and so did my Dad. All
I can say is that Americans on the homeland were more than glad the
brutal years of war were over. How many American families lost
loved ones on the other side of the earth and did not even have a
body to return home to be buried.? The American life changed
drastically because of the war effort.
You owe your whole lifestyle to that generation of Americans who put
their own lives on hold so that future generations would be able to
have the lives that we do today, in freedom.
Two bombs dropped on a small Island cannot be compared to the
devastation done by the Japanese during the war.