50% = 300,000 in 6 weeks time.
Those are all the facts I've need to know or EVER need to know to believe we did the right thing and the ONLY thing that could be done to end the
Pacific War. No one, no matter how much they may try, will convince me otherwise. Not only did American troops watch Japanese Civilians fight and then
commit suicide to a person on Okinawa for a horror show preview of what the Home Islands were going to be , but whatever the warm and good people of
Japan are today, the Nippon Empire was NOT kind. It knew NO form of compassion or empathy or basic common DECENCY outside the Japanese people and
The Japanese Imperial Army marching on the Chinese Capital city of Nanking in December of 1937. This was by far NOT the only case but it is the best
documented case of exceptional Japanese military atrocities during World War II. 600,000 people populated the Capital city when the Japanese arrived,
Six Weeks Later.......300,000 were still alive. The accounts not only of first hand eye witnesses but of recorded film and still photographs tell a
tale beyond what most can likely ever imagine.
The horror and slaughter got so extreme that history records cables from the German Ambassador to China appealing to Adolph Hitler for intervention to
force the Japanese to stop. Internationals and Embassy staffs worked together to form a safe zone which the Japanese reportedly
respected...mostly...and that stopped countless more from adding to a body count exceeding Three Hundred Thousand People.
This is a brief account - The Rape of Nanking
That link gives a summary overview compared to some much more in-depth books written on the events there. It's a dark chapter I've read news reports
saying the Japanese still don't get all the details of in history. Don't know if that's true...but the events of Nanking are documented by the
nationals from several nations as well as Tokyo Newspapers covering the slaughter like it was a sporting event.
So....... We can debate the American side of the coin for whether we should have allowed ourselves to sink so low in the end, to defeat those who'd
STARTED below that point to begin with.
However, regardless how how Japan has changed, history ABSOLUTELY shows a very different reality then and a radically different Japanese culture,
society and set of values. We could have atomized 2 cities or we could have fought them across every last hill and goat path of the Home island Chain
and likely obliterated Japan as any functional nation. Bombing ruined them.....,The invasion would have simply ended their existence...again...as they
showed without ANY question on Okinawa and other Islands.
^^ That's just one person's very strongly held views on that particular issue. Apologists for the War Time conduct of the Axis powers...and
especially the Japanese Imperial military, are apologists for Evil, IMO.