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mbperrin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-06-08 10:42 AM
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15. Just a starting point for you. Eisenhower was against it.
Edited on Wed Aug-06-08 10:44 AM by mbperrin
Eisenhower was against our government nuking Japan. In "Mandate for Change," he wrote: "I was one of those who felt there were a number of cogent reasons to question the wisdom of such an act. ... The Secretary , upon giving me the news of the successful bomb test in New Mexico, and of the plan for using it, asked for my reaction, apparently expecting a vigorous assent. During his recitation of the relevant facts, I had been conscious of a feeling of depression, and so I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief Japan was already defeated and dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives. It was my belief that Japan was, at that very moment, seeking some way to surrender with a minimum loss of 'face.'

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  -Japan marks Hiroshima anniversary Bonobo  Aug-05-08 10:25 PM   #0 
  - Peace be with you. n/t  brer cat   Aug-05-08 10:43 PM   #1 
  - This anniversary should never be forgotten  Tindalos   Aug-05-08 10:59 PM   #2 
  - Unfortunately we never learn from history. nt  awoke_in_2003   Aug-05-08 11:19 PM   #4 
  - Not to open up a can worms, but why?  cobalt1999   Aug-06-08 07:19 PM   #23 
     - Why?  Tindalos   Aug-07-08 02:45 PM   #35 
     - Because there's a huge difference.  sakura   Aug-07-08 04:02 PM   #38 
  - How anyone could  awoke_in_2003   Aug-05-08 11:19 PM   #3 
  - Photos from my visit, twenty something years ago...  MilesColtrane   Aug-05-08 11:23 PM   #5 
  - Good for you. Good for you.  Bonobo   Aug-05-08 11:25 PM   #6 
     - Yeah, it stays with me to this day.  MilesColtrane   Aug-05-08 11:56 PM   #8 
        - Powerful pictures  ChazII   Aug-06-08 07:32 AM   #10 
  - Hiroshima -- August 6th, 1945 by Father John A. Siemes  struggle4progress   Aug-05-08 11:55 PM   #7 
  - This is a powerful piece, beautifully written. Thanks for the site.  CLW   Aug-06-08 01:46 AM   #9 
  - I think the Bomb saved lives.  winter999   Aug-06-08 09:21 AM   #11 
  - I do not wish to have that debate here.  Bonobo   Aug-06-08 09:58 AM   #13 
  - This thread will probably have a debate, sooner or later.  Dark   Aug-06-08 10:31 AM   #14 
  - The A-bombing of Japan has been debated over the years on this forum:  happyslug   Aug-07-08 04:59 PM   #41 
  - If you truly don't wish to have that debate here.  Raskolnik   Aug-06-08 02:33 PM   #18 
     - I did not.  Bonobo   Aug-06-08 02:45 PM   #19 
        - Well, you really did.  Raskolnik   Aug-06-08 02:51 PM   #21 
  - Just a starting point for you. Eisenhower was against it.  mbperrin   Aug-06-08 10:42 AM   #15 
  - Eisenhower was in Europe, not Asia.  muddleofpudd   Aug-06-08 11:12 AM   #17 
     - You didn't read the book, did you?  mbperrin   Aug-06-08 09:30 PM   #28 
  - You are correct  The Croquist   Aug-06-08 11:04 AM   #16 
  - Writing from Santa Fe, just down the road from Los Alamos:  puebloknot   Aug-06-08 07:11 PM   #22 
  - I'm with you. There was joy in the USA streets when the bomb was  Fed_Up_Grammy   Aug-06-08 07:40 PM   #24 
  - I love speculative arguments like this one.  heliarc   Aug-06-08 09:02 PM   #25 
     - Guilty conscience? You have GOT to be kidding.  Fed_Up_Grammy   Aug-06-08 09:09 PM   #27 
  - That's a difficult position to defend  14thColony   Aug-07-08 11:38 AM   #31 
  - Please do provide...  WriteDown   Aug-07-08 01:00 PM   #32 
     - OK  14thColony   Aug-07-08 02:48 PM   #36 
        - No offense...  WriteDown   Aug-07-08 03:55 PM   #37 
           - Maybe I did something wrong?  14thColony   Aug-07-08 04:19 PM   #39 
  - That's debatable  shenenebrown   Aug-07-08 08:23 PM   #43 
  - One of the saddest day in human kind history  AlphaCentauri   Aug-06-08 09:39 AM   #12 
  - But also happiest?  Narragansett Beer   Aug-07-08 08:18 PM   #42 
  - Rest in peace.  Raskolnik   Aug-06-08 02:45 PM   #20 
  - I hope  heliarc   Aug-06-08 09:05 PM   #26 
     - The sad fact is that even now survivors of WWII from every nation involved are  hedgehog   Aug-06-08 09:55 PM   #29 
        - I value your opinion of the people who comprised WWII Military intelligence  The Croquist   Aug-07-08 07:29 AM   #30 
           - So explain to me why 2 bombs were necessary...  heliarc   Aug-07-08 04:50 PM   #40 
  - I love how many people feel  JonQ   Aug-07-08 01:11 PM   #33 
     - Just to really throw a wrench in the arguement...  The Croquist   Aug-07-08 01:54 PM   #34 

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