Progressives are a heartbeat away from successfully expunging the horrors of Pearl Harbor, Hitler, and the Holocaust from textbooks. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will soon be the only aspects of World War II children know. This is so progressives can ignore the socialism and dictatorships of Hitler, the Nazis and WWII Japan. Instead, they demonize America. By doing this they are allowing history to repeat with ISIS, but with a more deadly outcome.
World War II Japanese were conducting beheadings and burning captured soldiers. Kamikaze pilots were praised and honored for suicide missions. Japanese culture accepted personal sacrifice to further the collective mission. They were determined to fight until victory was won. In other words, they were a secular ISIS. You cannot compromise or negotiate with this kind of ideology. It must be defeated.
President Harry S. Truman, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin brought down Hitler and the Nazis in May of 1945. Focus was now set on the Pacific conflict. Truman was preparing for a large and bloody attack in November. It was estimated the allies would suffer casualties 10 times that of the Normandy invasion. That all changed with first successful test of the atomic bomb in New Mexico on July 16, 1945.
Allies had presented Japan with the Potsdam Declaration earlier that month. It insisted on the “unconditional surrender of all the Japanese armed forces.” The Allies warned that reluctance to accept it would result in “the inevitable and complete destruction of the Japanese armed forces and just as inevitable the utter devastation of the Japanese homeland.”
Japanese Prime Minister Kantaro Suzuki officially disregarded the Allies’ proposal at the end of the month.
President Barack Obama drew lines in the sand only to allow our enemies to trample all over them. They are now as strong as ever. Truman did what needed to be done. He used all his power and made good on the Allies’ threat.
Truman was not eager about ordering the use of the atomic bomb. Before they were actually dropped, US forces took steps to warn civilians of the coming destruction. America did not want to see innocent lives lost. They also issued pleas for surrender.
Japan’s leaders were not giving up. American military leaders decided to appeal to the common sense of Japan’s people. Flyers were written encouraging citizens to demand their leaders end the war. Citizens were also warned of the devastating consequences if action was not taken. Millions of these leaflets were dropped on several Japanese cities.
The LeMay Bombing Leaflet read:
“Read this carefully as it may save your life or the life of a relative or friend. In the next few days, some or all of the cities named on the reverse side will be destroyed by American bombs. These cities contain military installations and workshops or factories which produce military goods. We are determined to destroy all of the tools of the military clique which they are using to prolong this useless war. But, unfortunately, bombs have no eyes. So, in accordance with America’s humanitarian policies, the American Air Force, which does not wish to injure innocent people, now gives you warning to evacuate the cities named and save your lives. America is not fighting the Japanese people but is fighting the military clique which has enslaved the Japanese people. The peace which America will bring will free the people from the oppression of the military clique and mean the emergence of a new and better Japan. You can restore peace by demanding new and good leaders who will end the war. We cannot promise that only these cities will be among those attacked but some or all of them will be, so heed this warning and evacuate these cities immediately.”
Similar statements were read every 15 minutes on Radio Tokyo. The Japanese government refused to budge. America responded on August 6th by dropping “Little Boy” on Hiroshima from the Enola Gay. It killed an estimated 70,000 people and demolished a 5-square-mile section of the city.
The attack managed to influence a small group of leaders. The majority still refused to surrender.
The USSR joined the Allies and declared war on Japan two days later. More leaflets were then dropped, including:
Notice to the Japanese People! Evacuate the city immediately. What this leaflet contains is extremely important, so please read carefully. The Japanese people are facing an extremely important autumn. Your military leaders were presented with thirteen articles for surrender by our three-country alliance to put an end to this unprofitable war. This proposal was ignored by your army leaders. Because of this the Soviet Republic intervened. In addition, the United States has developed an atom bomb, which had not been done by any nation before. It has been determined to employ this frightening bomb. One atom bomb has the destructive power of 2000 B-29s. This frightening fact should be understood by you by observing what kind of situation was caused when only one was dropped on Hiroshima.
An estimated 70 million leaflets were distributed overall.
August 9th marked the beginning of the end for Japan. Manchuria was attacked and overwhelmed by Soviet forces. America released the “Fat Man” on Nagasaki.
Hirohito was finally convinced of his defeat. He informed his government to agree to surrender. By the end of the day, Hirohito and his supreme war council had consented to the Potsdam Declaration.
Major Kenji Hatanaka was still unwilling to give up. He led a military coup early August 15th but it was extinguished by mid-morning. Hirohito informed his people of the country’s surrender at noon on the radio. America immediately accepted.
The official surrender ceremony took place on September 2nd in Tokyo Bay. The 3-week delay gave Allies time to appoint representatives to be present. The surrender agreement was signed just after 9 a.m. Tokyo time on the deck of the Missouri, finally ending World War II.
Children are being taught that the United States ruthlessly, heartlessly and unnecessarily dropped the atomic bombs. Progressives denounce the use of them, claiming they did not make a difference. This ignores Hirohito declaration that the “new and most cruel bomb” was the cause for defeat.
Those critical of America’s actions are blind to Japan’s determination to carry on even after Hiroshima. Repeated warnings of a second bomb meant nothing to Japan’s resolve.
At least Japan had a breaking point. ISIS is even more determined in their fight. Their faith demands destruction and death. They propagandize harm to their citizens in public, but praise it in private. They purposely hide among civilians for that very reason. Radical Islam knows the civilized world abhors civilian deaths. Western cultures are reluctant to strike ISIS if civilians are involved. ISIS, on the other hand, attacks nothing but civilians.
We don’t need a full military to stop ISIS. All we need is a “Fat Man” and “Little Boy”. With Obama pandering to radical Islam and our ignorance of history, our future is not the peace achieved in World War II. It is continued and more intense death and destruction.
But that’s just my 2 cents.