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  •  If I were Iranian, I wouldn't go around saying (1+ / 0-)
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    that every person in the country is well armed, ready to defend the country to its last drop of blood

    The perception that

    Every Japanese soldier, civilian, woman, and child would fight to the death with whatever weapons they had, rifle, grenade, or bamboo spear

    is often cited as the basis for Truman's decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    And I think that the current occupants of the White House would give that decision far less thought than HST did.

    •  What would you have said if you were him? (0+ / 0-)

      come on over! Or help yourselves, we're ok? And check your history, not google when it comes to Truman and the reasons why the H bomb was dropped...

      Progressive Dems should be reborn as Aggressive Dems and 1) get out of Iraq asap 2) impeach Cheney then Bush 3) elect Gore.

      by Asinus Asinum Fricat on Thu Aug 30, 2007 at 12:06:44 PM PDT

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      •  My point was (0+ / 0-)

        that such rhetoric makes it easier -- if that were necessary -- for Cheney to argue that nuking Iran would be more desirable than using any lesser amount of military force (and it's plain that he wants to use military force).

        It was the A-bomb, not the H-bomb.  And I don't know what history you've been reading, but whatever Truman's real reasons may have been for dropping the bomb, many books and articles argued -- long before Google existed -- that bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki was an attempt -- successful, as it turned out -- to obviate the need to invade the Japanese Home Islands.  It was widely believed that such an invasion would result in millions of casualties on both sides.

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