SEVENTEEN MONTHS AGO I PUBLISHED A BLOG ABOUT THE DEADLIEST CONVENTIONAL AIR RAID EVER, USING THE NEWLY INVENTED NAPALM BOMBS. AS THE DEAD TOLL OF THIS FIREBOMBING RAID ON TOKYO EXCEEDED THE DEATH TOLL OF EITHER OF THE ATOMIC BOMBS, WE CAN THINK OF IT AS THE DEADLIEST AIR RAID EVER. AND YET THE MEMORY […]
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Was the use of atomic bombs justified to achieve victory in WWII?
Was the use of atomic bombs justified to achieve victory in WWII in the Pacific on terms satisfactory to the United States? What do you think? SUPPORTERS OF THE USE OF THE ATOMIC BOMBS GENERALLY EMPHASIZE THESE BASIC PREMISES: The Japanese were the aggressors, starting with the drive for Manchuria in 1931 The Japanese were […]
FIREBOMBING RAIDS ON TOKYO during the night of March 9-10, 1945
The firebombing raids on Tokyo, codenamed Operation Meetinghouse, were low altitude incendiary bombing raids ordered by General Curtis LeMay. The first wave of planes was followed by a procession of bombers sowing death until dawn, touching off devastating firestorms: almost 17 square miles of the city were reduced to ashes. Estimates of the number killed […]