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originally posted by: LSU2018
a reply to: washy76
Because 75 years ago, our military leaders and government still had balls and didn't put up with bullship. They didn't go to war to make threats, they went to war to end it and come home. We could have ended the war in the Middle Least years ago with this strategy.
originally posted by: Bhadhidar
A demonstration detonation before the Japanese high command was considered at the time; I believe a number of scientists involved with the Manhattan Project petitioned for one to the President, in fact.
But the US military opposed exposing its “Secret Weapon” in anything but a strategic deployment, claiming that, should the planned demonstration turn out to be a dud (they weren’t certain that the ultimate test at the Trinity site in NM would work, or even if it might cause an atmospheric chain-reaction and destroy the world!), the Japanese would be emboldened to fight harder.
Also, there were less than maybe five bombs total in the US arsenal at the time; and the bomb dropped on Nagasaki was of a design that had proved to problematic due to the intricacy with which the high explosive charges that initiated the critical mass had to be timed in sequence.
Whereas Hiroshima was destroyed by a simple “gun-type” device (nicknamed “Little Boy”), the Nagasaki device (nicknames “Fat Man”) was a much more sophisticated “implosion” device.
originally posted by: washy76
Regarding Hiroshima and Nagasaki and whether or not the A Bomb should have been used –option 1 no it shouldn’t it was a war crime-option 2 it brought a swift end to the war in the pacific and ultimately saved lives. But there was a third option which seems obvious...Why didn’t the US army summon the Japanese high command to observe some remote uninhabited are or maybe some few miles off Tokyo Harbour and say “Behold our power” and then ensue a near zero casualty, overwhelming demonstration of the A Bomb ? They could have dropped twelve of them just to be convincing!
O well if someone had this obvious thought 75 years ago...unless of course they wanted to see the effect of nuclear abomination on human populous...