Originally posted by daaskapital
Lets go through this so you can understand clearer.
The Target Committee nominated four targets:
Kokura, the site of one of Japan's largest munitions plants.
Hiroshima, an embarkation port and industrial center that was the site of a major military headquarters.
Niigata, a port with industrial facilities including steel and aluminium plants and an oil refinery.
Kyoto, a major industrial center.
Hiroshima and Kyoto were picked....
At the time of its bombing, Hiroshima was a city of both industrial and military significance. A number of military camps were located nearby,
including the headquarters of Field Marshal Shunroku Hata's 2nd General Army which commanded the defense of all southern Japan. Field Marshal
Hata's 2nd General Army was headquartered in the Hiroshima Castle and his command consisted of some 400,000 men, most of whom were on Kyushu where an
Allied invasion was correctly expected. Also present in Hiroshima was the headquarters of the 5th Division, 59th Army, and most of the 224th
Division, a recently formed mobile unit. The city's air defenses comprised five batteries of 7-and-8-centimetre (2.8 and 3.1 in) anti-aircraft
guns. In total, 40,000 military personnel were stationed inside the city.
The attack on Hiroshima's military construct constitutes no war crimes.... Civilians were not the mission, but as EVERY bombing raid, and I mean EVERY
bombing raid in WWII, civilians were bombed. Launching V2 rockets into London with no military objective but to strike terror in the civilian
populace was a war crime by example.
Kyoto was removed and Nagasaki was added...
Its main industry was ship-building, with the dockyards under control of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries becoming one of the prime contractors for the
Imperial Japanese Navy, and with Nagasaki harbor used as an anchorage under the control of nearby Sasebo Naval District. These connections with the
military made Nagasaki a major target for bombing by the Allies in World War II.
Bombing Nagasaki basically wipedout Japan's Navy and more importantly their ability to build war ships, so once again a military target....no war
We can argue to a point that the collateral damage was too great and so puts these into the possibility of a war crime scenario, but as I said before,
EVERY bombing mission would then be considered a war crime too, on all sides. Technology was not there and so whole towns were bombed to hit the
Ya I know in 2012 it seems weird that they just didn't send in smart bombs guided by GPS...lol
Another point one could argue is dropping two bombs. Only one was most likely needed, but I think for both Japan and Russia they thought America only
had the capabilities to make one bomb and any more might be years. We see how long Iran is taking to get enough U235 to make a bomb with its
Dropping two bombs showed everyone that we had more than one bomb, dropping it in the ocean might have done the same trick, but then if Japan didn't
surrender we would have all of Japan's navy to deal with too. The second bomb assured that no matter their choice they were done.
edit on 25-12-2012 by Xtrozero because: (no reason given)