posted on Oct, 17 2012 @ 06:32 PM
There were many things going on during the time of WWII that actually led to the culmination of the dropping of the 2 atomic weapons. .
The Empire of Japan was not so innocent as it would portray itself to be. Before the start of the US involvement in WWII, the Japanese empire was
very aggressive towards its neighbors, some of its policies started to take a stance of xenophobia. Mass rush to modernize its military and a lack of
resources. Military was in control of the government, that much as been shown in its documents. This starting at 1904, with the Russo-Japanese War,
where Japan launched a surprise attack on the Russian navy. 6 years later it annexed Korea, invaded Manchuria, and China, in 1937. After that it
started with a boarder war with the Soviet union and then had a neutrality pact with them, and in 1941 it attacked Pearl Harbor. During that time
frame the Empire of Japan spread through out much of the Pacific region, invading and establishing provinces, where the local populations was either
imprisoned or if they toed the line treated like a second class citizen. Much of what was known of the mindset of the Japanese people and soldiers
came from either the soldiers that were captured or the people who were under the rule of the Japanese during their occupation. Much came when the
island of Okinawa was taken and what the people there stated. Of all of the weapons that were used, propaganda was far worse, that could only weigh
on the minds of the US leadership.
The US and its allies were preparing for the costly invasion of Japan, but that was slow going, even though the war in Europe was ended, and there was
many logistics involved in shifting military and manpower from the Atlantic to the Pacific theater of operations. Japan was not sitting idle at the
time, and were shifting both military and civilian personnel around. What the best intelligence reports stated was as follows: A combination of
geography and military force would make it costly for an invasion of Japan. Japanese forces are as estimated for the following: 4 veteran divisions
were withdrawn from the Kwantung Army in Manchuria to strengthen the forces in Japan, along with the creation of 45 new divisions activated. Immobile
formations for Costal defense, and 16 mobile divisions. In total there were 2.3 million Japanses army troops to defend the islands, along with 4
million army and navy employees along with a civilian militia of 28 million people. The Casualty predictions were varied, but all were extremely
high. Estimates that there would be 20 million Japanese deaths.
There were calls following the Potsdam Declaration for the surrender of Japan, however they were ignored. Japan did not want to surrender on any
terms but that which it was willing to take. Combined with the stalling tactics of the USSR, only prolonged the war a bit longer than it should have.
The USSR was working on its own agenda, and not for its own good, by taking possession of territories it wanted, rather than just working with the
rest of the allies. And there were secrets that it wanted to protect, not having revealed.
So the dropping of the 2 bombs was inevitable, one was to end the war as fast as possible, as the US and its allies did not want the USSR to get
involved in the pacific theater of war, as it would have taken more territory. The geopolitical lines were starting to be drawn for the modern day
world, and it still have effects to this day.
The USSR was not so innocent as it would lead the world to believe, as it had been actively spying on the USA and its allies. Make no mistake, that
Stalin knew what the weapon was, and his experts had given him some idea on the potential in its destructive potential. When the news was announced
to the allies, Stalin was not surprised at all, as he knew exactly what had happened. The USA, at the time, only had 2 devices, either one could have
failed, but after both exploded, a bluff was played, and the government of Japan decided not take a chance. It ended the war, and ultimately saved
lives on both sides. And as it seems with any of these discussions, what is failed to mentioned, is that after the end of the war, the US went in to
clean up and offer aid to those affected by the nuclear devises that were dropped, to include cleaning up tons of soil and radioactive materials.