“Any reasonable historian who looks at the dropping of the atomic bombs on
knows there is nothing whatever to apologize for, except possibly for the stupidity of other historians. In dramatically simplified forms: Japan
1.) The planned
U.S. invasion of Kyushu (Olympic) in Fall 1945 would have been one of the greatest catastrophes in military history, not least because the Japanese knew precisely where and when it was coming. The follow up on Honshu in 1946 (Coronet) would never have happened because the military would effectively have been destroyed. By the way, quite apart from the Japanese, the great Typhoon of October 1945 would have smashed the US invasion fleet before it had got close to the beaches… U.S.
2.) The often reported estimate of 30-40,000
fatalities in such an invasion is a joke, a figure cooked to persuade the administration that MacArthur should be allowed to get away with the latest piece of stupidity… U.S.
3.) Once the invasion was canceled, as it would have been, the alternatives were continued fire raids, like the one in March 1945 that killed 100,000 in
in a single night; and also the destruction of the 1946 rice crop by fire bombs. The resulting famine would probably have killed 5 to 8 million Japanese… Tokyo
4.) Meanwhile, thousands of Chinese civilians and Allied POWs were dying daily as long as the war lasted…
5.) If it had turned out that tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers were being killed while the U.S. was failing to use a war winning weapon, the Secret Service would probably have taken the lead in lynching Truman in the White House garden…
6.) The argument is not that the bombs saved millions of
lives, though they did, but that they saved millions of Japanese and Chinese lives. Maybe tens of millions… Ergo the atomic bombs saved a minimum of ten million lives. For this we should apologize?” U.S.