Zero Hedge: The Real Reason America Used Nuclear Weapons Against Japan
NO. “Impress” is entirely the wrong word.
Intimidate is correct. It was about the projection of strength and attitude – to the Russians, the Japanese, remnants of Nazi sympathy – and to future generations of America’s (and the West’s) enemies. This would have been obvious to anyone who had paid attention to Churchill’s warnings.
Shortly before his death General George C. Marshall quietly defended the decision, but for the most part he is on record as repeatedly saying that it was not a military decision, but rather a political one. – Gar Alperovitz
Again, NO. To distinguish “politics” from “war” in this context is to create an empty distinction; Politics, economics and war are, all of them, merely aspects of power. A-bombing Japan may not have been a necessary tactical military decision with respect to that campaign, though in long-term strategy the action proved incalculably valuable, and not just for American interests. It was ultimately the correct, moral decision.
Power and the use of nuclear weapons is an important issue today in the face of emergent nuclear ambitions by tyrants of irrational intent. Pacifism becomes evil when it enables those who would destroy Liberty.
Ask Sun Tzu.