One -The atomic bomb was too good for them, and that the use of incendiary bombs to wipe out the wooden cities could have gone on for months until there were no cities. If they had not relented by then, we could have used the Atomic bomb. The Japanese were desperately trying to surrender to the Russians at the time and deny the US a victory. Sneaky little bastards.
Two -It would have sent a clear message if we would have dropped the atomic bomb on the Son-of-Heaven (The Emperor) himself. You can see the photo of Emperor Hirohito to the right, wearing a lot of medals that he never earned…but when you’re a living God, I guess you can do whatever you want to. You also have the right to be turned into radioactive dust…Clearly it was a good idea to keep the emperor alive long enough to have him authorize articles of surrender to the United States and its allies, so while option two was appealing, it was not practical.
Three -The US had the capacity to engage in germ warfare on top of the incendiary bombs that were dropped on the wooden cities. If we’d used weaponized smallpox or Variola major on them, there would have been a lot fewer left. I realize that the Japanese aren’t sufficiently appreciative, but that’s the nature of people in general. Did the Japanese have it coming? I leave it to you to decide. But I think that we acted in the best interest of the Japanese people — and I feel that a little gratitude is in order. Maybe instead of blaggarding us for dropping two atomic bombs on them (remember Pearl Harbor), they should thank us for not wiping them out to the last person and turning the island into a resort for Americans, Australians, New Zealanders, Brits, the Frogs and our other allies (excepting the Russians – sorry Vlad).
Contemporary Japanese Narrative
My father fought the Japanese (he called them “japs”) during the Second World War. I’m glad that he is not alive to see an Obama presidency and what our ObamaNation has degraded to. He wouldn’t have kind words for Barack.