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Sunday, August 09, 2009

More Evidence Japan Was Ready to Surrender BEFORE the US Nuked Them

Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 11/11/63: "...the Japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing."

Interesting to note how this was only a few days before the Kennedy assassination-- which likely blotted out this quote from the public's mind pretty effectively.


Blogger nickname said...

Eisenhower was known as a "political" General. That should be taken into account whenever assessing his public statements.

Also, note that when Ike spoke in 1945 about this, he said that it was his BELIEF that the Japanese were ready to surrender. That, to me, raises questions about the basis for such belief as well as possible "political/PR/jealousy etc." motives that may have influenced him. After all, Ike felt that his efforts in Europe are what "won" the war.

I've only read one book on this subject, but based on it and articles that I've read by historians at sites such as HNN, I
cannot fault President Truman for his decision.

At the same time, I'm quite aware of the old saying that "to understand is to forgive".

I do understand but I've not found sufficient, convincing reason to feel any need to forgive President Truman for that difficult decision he was forced, by circumstances, to make, in 1945.

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