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    •  Hiroshima - (1+ / 0-)
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      Was hardly a demonstration.

      If you have any understanding of Japanese culture -
      To surrender after such a horrendous attack would have been deeply shaming.
      The issue of honor would have been fundamentally different had there have been a true demonstration.

      I am reminded of the lack of knowledge of Iraqi culture by our state department and pro-war generals.

      Sun Tzu said, "Know your enemy."
      Unfortunately, American leaders, perhaps because of racism, believed that the Japanese were incapable of attacking Pearl Harbor.  In addition, they had little knowledge of the bushido code or of the importance and meaning of the chrysanthemum throne.  If Truman would have given assurances that the throne would be preserved, then the last weeks of war might have been avoided altogether.

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