Since when did the bombs have to do with defeating Japan?
You're kidding, right? Last time I looked, Japan surrendered right after the 2nd one was dropped. What part of that do you, or those who taught you, not understand.
As Iakobos pointed out Japan was already on the verge of defeat when they were dropped.
Read your REAL history. Japan showed no signs of surrendering. They had made it quite clear they were going to resist even to the last square block of Tokyo. Revisionism can't change that fact. Without the bombs being dropped, Japan was going to keep fighting. Again, they almost kept fighting even AFTER the two bombings.
Revisionist history really, really pisses me off.
Japan would not have survived another winter, bombs (any type) or not.
Food was lacking, food production was close to zilch, there were no stocks left. By summer '45 only coal miners and workers in the heavy industry received as much as half of normal daily calories
Those running the dictatorial government could still eat, and that's all they cared about. Again, this is revisionist history at it's very worst, to drive home an anti-US point of view, as far as I'm concerned.
Japan would have kept fighting. Postwar analysis clearly shows that.
By the way, as far as I know, at the time Japan was already secretly carrying out surrender talks with Russians.
They were secertely trying to keep Russia from declaring war on Japan, but they were certainly not looking to hold surrender talks with a power they were not yet at war with. Russia declared war on Japan, if memory serves, right after Nagasaki was bombed. So that's not an accurate statement on your part.
One more thing. Someone's said Hirohito said, or Hirohito did. The emperor Hirohito was nothing but a puppet in the hands of nationalist politics.
Again. READ YOUR HISTORY! Hirohito intervened when the government waffled on weather to continue the war or not. When he told his Prime Minister and that cabinet he wished the war to end, the PM
bowed to the Emporer's wishes. In fact, the Emporer made the incredible (at the time) decision to go over the head of the government and talk directly to the Japanese people-who heard his voice for the first time ever-and told them that Japan must surrender.
Figure head or not, Hirohito was thought of as a God, and the government obeyed his wishes. So he had EVERYTHING to do with ending the war. Why do you think some young officers thought of kidnapping or killing him? Easy-to get him out of the way to continue fighting.
Again, revisionism is amazing, sometime. It tries to drive home 21st century loathing of either the U.S. or nuclear weapons and tries to set itself reasonably in a 1945 context, which you simply cannot do.
Had Harry Truman NOT used those bombs, and the war had gone on, which it would have, and the American people had found out we could have ended the war in August, 1945, he would have been impeached. Truman's overriding responsibility-TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE-was to use whatever means he could to end the war, at the cost of as few AMERICAN lives as possible. The atomic bombings did that, because they made a bloody invasion of Japan a moot point.
So, despite the idiotic revisionists, he was 100% correct in using them. Case closed.