Atom Bombs, were they needed at the end of WWII?

Discussion in 'The Thinking Cap' started by CNiper, Jan 17, 2017.

  1. Ser_Fergus

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    This is fairly irrelevant though. The central post suggests that the atomic bombs were used as a foreign policy tool, which is untrue because we know from the American documents that they thought Japan was going to try and leverage the mass casualties of a seaborne invasion of Japan as a negotiating tool.
     
  2. M3rkabo

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    From what I've read, they were between a rock and a hard place, an inland invasion would've costed hundreds of thousands of casualties. I'm sure there was a foreign policy element to it too, regardless of what the documents say. You can't deny that it was intimidating as all hell to whoever was in opposition to the US at the time, whether privately or openly.
     
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