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Aside from my answer here, I want you to go read some books on this, as it will change your view of life, war and peace, consensual societies versus autocracies in war, and how their peoples react in times of war. After all, history is more than just dates and events. Utopianism is a fallacy, and people who lived before us were just the same as us. On to my response…. You have to remember, at that time, Americans had been suffering since 1930, in a deep depression (I’lll skip pointing fingers for once!). Dad told me that he and his three brothers would walk down the railroad tracks, picking up bits of coal, just to trade them for scrap pieces of meat, so their mother would throw them in a pot of pote salad, or turnips, and they had something a little more tasty to eat—throughout the week. My dad would eat EVERY SCRAP of food at supper time. Standing at the kitchen sink with the pot of leftover butter beans my mom had made, lecturing me about how terrible it was that I was gagging at the smell of those brown looking things floating in a cloudy soup! Yak! Americans suffered terribly! But Americans never lost hope. Dad told me of the time when his Dad was the base commander at the airfield down by Lake Okeechobee, and the Memphis Belle was on tour, raising war bonds and had landed at the air base. He and his brothers crawled all throughout the plane, as the guards let them do it—with the only warning of “Don’t touch the guns!” Professor Victor Davis Hanson recounts many of the same stories from his Dad and uncle (actually, his Dad’s cousin who had been orphaned and was taken in by his father’s family.) His Dad flew a B-29 on 39 missions over Japan at the time. A terrible experience on its own! But, as Victor said, his dad made little of the missions, and even said he was “happy” during the war! His Dad said something to the effect of, “I had clean, new clothes, three good meals each day. I was just grateful and living better than I had since I was a little kid.” As Americans, however, there was the Western tradition running throughout society and government: Our government was consensual, much as ancient Greece (and to a large extent, that of Rome in its early years.) We believed in transcendence, both in religion and life outlook: a sense of hope for a better tomorrow. We also knew that, while we were far from perfect, looking back at the Civil War, and grand parents who might still be alive then that remembered that dark time in America, who told them of the fight for “a more perfect union”, where we are equal by birth (but not by outcomes) by an omniscient and loving God (in Judeo-Christian values.) The individual, his/her rights were inalienable, and specified in a Constitution that also limited the role of of Hobbs’ Leviathan, the government. We chose the path of Locke, and Jefferson, and Madison. As for the Japanese, they, too, were living in terrible times. And, much like America, it, too, was a consequence of its government’s activities. But, while the U.S. was spending less than 1% of its GNP on defense, the Japanese were spending over 35%. Bombs and guns don’t sow crops, nor do they bring food to market, nor generate new revenue to the state. Japan was on a war-footing for expansion onto the mainland, extracting natural resources from Manchuria and all throughout the south Pacific. Japan was still being run by an old system very similar to Medieval Europe, which in turn was not based on an Adam Smith-like economic model. As for its people, their lives were more Hobbsian than most places in the world, with the exception of Africa and the Middle East. Life was miserable, and short. As subjects to the emperor, their outlook on life was based on a devotion to the Emperor. Japan was resource-poor, and its starvation for more metals and agriculture forced them to expand ever more urgently. Japanese religion also was a huge factor in the outlook of daily life, as Shintoism has certain fatalisms that the West cannot comprehend. Life was not at all Western. All of this created a system where the average Japanese felt superior to all, and at the same time could endure hardship and sacrifice like few ever could, because the individual doesn’t matter in this context. Fighting for the “American Way” never got tougher than at Okinawa, a three month battle from April into July of 1945, where we lost probably 20,000 and the Japanese lost over 100,000, and over 150,000 Okinawans were killed. It was a blood bath, and it happened just a couple of months before the dropping of the A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August. It was part of the “Island Hopping” campaign to wipe out the Japanese expansion in the Pacific, toward the Japanese mainland. With Okinawa, our bombers would fly 350 miles to Japan. Without Okinawa, it was over 1,100. The plan, under under Army Air Forces General Curtis LeMay, was to bomb Japan to oblivion. With the B-29, and thenmoving from the European theatre all of the B-17’s, B-24’s, B-26’s and British Lancasters, the plan was to DESTROY the country. Why? As you read about Okinawa, we had been learning, from Tarawa to Iwo Jima, that the Japanese were ferocious fighters. But another dimension was emerging as the war progressed, and not their way: the kamikaze, or “divine wind.” The suicide flyer is what you most often see in the war films. But there were suicide fighters on the ground; suicide boats, suicide submarines, suicide EVERYTHING. You just have no idea the terror that created, knowing not only that the kamikaze himself was deadly accurate, but that it was a real human being, of whom was absolutely crazed beyond reality to do such a thing. Remember Patton’s famous line about not taking young American men to die for their country, but to make the other poor son of a bitch to die for his? The kamikaze fighter was a different element altogether. For, assumed in Patton’s point is that the “other poor son of a bitch” was fighting, similarly to you. So, you say and ask, OK, so we won at all those places, and it got more fierce as we got closer to Japan. So, what if we hadn’t used the atomic bombs on Japan, what would be different? IN THE JAPANESE HOMELAND, there had already been trained over ONE MILLION kamikaze fighters in civilian militia. Not to mention another several million Japanese who had been trained to fight. The estimates that the U.S. research showed, optimistically, if we invaded Japan, and we killed four Japanese for every American soldier and Marine lost, the U.S. was going to lose ONE MILLION AMERICANS TO FOUR MILLION JAPANESE. Can you imagine, after all the losses in World War II in Europe and the Pacific, we had lost 290,000 CONFIRMED KIA’s. Can you imagine another one million dead Americans? Aside from just the numbers, the “body count”, you have to also understand, when somebody dies, there is this rippling effect that happens. Victor Hanson recalls this, especially when this happens in war, it has a special significance, since it wasn’t from natural causes, or a car accident. Hanson, himself, was named after his uncle, who died on Okinawa. When Victor was young, his father showed him the few articles of his fallen uncle, and his father was too upset to talk much more about it. Years after that, after a talk about World War II, Hanson received a note from somebody who was there at Okinawa and who knew his uncle, at was there the moment when his uncle was killed. A day or so later, his unit went back to retrieve the dead bodies. His uncle’s body had bloated in the sun, and they had to cut his uncle’s finger-off to get his wedding ring. But after the war, this person couldn’t find Hanson’s family to return it. Victor was speaking about Okinawa (I suppose that was in the 1980’s.) The gentleman sent the ring to Victor, and he keeps it on a chain around his neck and wears it every day. The loss ripples down, from generation to generation. Can you imagine, after winning that war, with ANOTHER one million men, not there, to run the only factories on the planet to supply all the toilets, cars, trains, tractors, nails and lumber to the rest of the world to rebuilt itself after the war? I seriously doubt Europe would have crawled out of the abyss. And don’t forget that the Soviets! They most likely would have taken over all of Europe, as we would not have had the manpower to defend West Germany and France and England from their advances. The thing you should remember, also, is that democratic societies have only gone to war against each other, maybe a couple of times in world history. The Greeks, in their disastrous campaign against Sicily (they lost EVERYBODY! A God-awful stupid idea, in the middle of the 27-year Peloponnesian war against Sparta.) You might could (I’m from Alabama, so excuse the “might-could”, it’s endemic in our public education!) add the American Civil War, but then again, the Confederacy wasn’t completely consensual, now was it. Maybe the American War for Independence, but then again there’s George III, and Parliament was not what it is today. That’s 2500 years of history, and lots of wars. But, when consensual governments fight a declared war, they fight with rare ferocity. The entire populace is enlisted in the “war effort.” Remember also, that we have not had a formal declaration of war since World War II. And, we certainly wouldn’t have fought the war the same way if Roosevelt had entered the joint session of Congress on December 11th, with a “police action” or some Bush Doctrine “War on Terror” or Obama’s “Overseas Contingency Operation.” (For one thing, “Terror” is not a place, or a style of government. It’s a verb. And some therapeutic think-speak double talk of a “Contingency” suggests some kind of moral equivalency, and an engagement that is temporary with a time limit.) Alll of this post-modern crap is gobbledigook, of utopian-progressivism and multiculteralism versus celebrating the first-ever MULTI-RACIAL society (that does not specify any preservation of a particular ratio of ethnicism or race in its Constitution, like Mexico does), based on the philosophy of a “cultural equivalence” concept spouted by our universities, that one culture is more superior than another. My apologies for the Falknerian sentence! But I don’t write for the National Review. First, with regard to multiculturalism. This thought is incredibly dangerous, and may indeed be at the root of your question, since it is appealing if you’ve been brainwashed by the “It’s A Small World After All”, wonderful world of all-things Disney, yet simultaneously has the unintended insidious consequence of denigrating one’s own culture. Some cultures ARE better than others. You can look at their output. You can look at their transcendence over their current situation with hope. You can look at their respect for others. And on and on. Multiracial, yes. And good. But Multiculturalism is ridiculousness. When it comes to the Utopian Progressives, remember that the NAZIS were also Progressives. So are the Communists. So are the Socialists. So are all modern autocracies. The point is, they all agree that the human is EVOLVING toward a higher state. The fact is, we are not. That is why history matters: We are no different than our Greek predecessors. That is why the Old Testament, with all of its dysfunctional families, its vein leaders (I mean, Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky have something in common with David and Bathsheba!) We have changed little. That is why the democratic republic we created, with a Declaration of Independence and a Constitution is the real leap from world history. So, when President Truman made the decision to drop the bombs on Japan, it was a no-brainer. And now, you hopefully can see some of the back story to his decision. It was not only the horrific numbers he was weighing. It was our existence at stake. Another one million dead men: can you imagine the ripple that would still be making in America? There is another thought of this dangerous idea of Progressive Utopianism. As I said before, it’s core philosophy is that we are evolving to a higher state. But, in its syllabus and application, it demands the one contemplating it, that if you are not absolutely perfect, you must be flawed. And flaws require therapy, rethinking, and as a side effect, guilt for projecting your way of life on others, since you are just part of a faulty society. This is the root of the displacement of multi-racial character for multiculturalism. Now, wait a minute! Do we, in our society, advocate cliteroectomy? Do we condemn women and put them under a burka? Do we deny individual rights, as not being inalienable? And on and on. We are by no means perfect. But we are trying. We’re not stuck in the 8th century. Yes, there is progress from those dark times. But, inherent in us, and also outlined more eloquently than what I can write-in our Declaration, are rights that are TIMELESS, and have ALWAYS been with us since our creation. Other cultures that condemn us, use our cell phones, watch their porn on Blu-Ray machines, eat clean and disease-free food and water, drive BMW’s and Fords, and then use our own airliners to destroy buildings and kill thousands. Tell me, which society is better than the other? One final note: in response to these dangerous ideas, as an American, always remember, that while our way of life may not be perfect, and don’t pretend that it is, always wake up each morning and be humble and grateful and at the same time proud that you are an American, and that your way of life is better than others on this planet. Proud, in the sense that, while we may not be perfect, but what is the alternative? As an extension and answer, if George W. Bush had declared a state of Total War in his joint message to Congress after 9/11, and war on ANY COUNTRY harboring and giving aid to orthodox Muslim terrorists, things would be completely different now. We would not have had our soldiers dying like they did. We would have removed most of the rules of engagement, killed men and women and kids, dogs and cats and anything that moved, until their entire society was humiliated to the point where there trill-like yodels and cheers on 9/11 would have turned to shame and despair. That would have been a war declaration on Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and the Palestinians. Total and unconditional surrender, now, or face the consequences. The war would’ve mobilized the entire U.S. We would’ve settled this mess much sooner. And either turn their deserts to green glass, or democratize them (as we are in Iraq now.) But, if you forget your greatness, and you feel guilty for who you are, history is unsympathetic and your civilization will be gone, very soon. Why is it, during Rome’s early years, it fought two bloody wars, was the size only a quarter of the Italian peninsula, had a population of only 4 million and lost I think 200,000 soldiers in those wars, but beat one of the most brilliant military tacticians, ever, by the name of Hannibal and Carthage, who outnumbered Rome 3 to 1? But only 700 years later, at 70,000,000 in size and the most fierce army in the world, lose to Aleric in 410, and then get sacked and end the Roman Empire once and for all in 476 to Odoecer (sp?) who only had 30,000 rag tag Visigoth thugs. And they only invaded Rome in response to the mass murders by the Roman citizens of their Hun illegal immigrant guests, the “Fedoerocci” ? Any of that sound familiar? Or, how is it that the Greeks, after fighting an atrocious 27 years of the Peloponnesian Wars, scarcely 20 years later, with only 30,000 men fights off the Persian Empire at the plains of Marathon… and then ten years later, while losing at Thermopylae, and Athens being sacked, beats the stew out of the Persians at naval battle at Salamis, and then a year later at Plataea…only to face a rabble of 30,000 Macedonians 150 years later, with superior Athenian and Spartan forces… and lose their democratic society altogether? The point is, both societies got wealthy and lazy, and at the same time lost their sense of value. That’s what the writers of the time tell us. You become inodordinately affluent without understanding HOW you got it, and lose sight of your greatness, your exceptionalism, you die. Period. History is unsympathetic. So, we HAD to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was nothing racial. It had something to do with numbers, for sure. But in the end, it was the preservation of our culture, OUR Western civilization. That was Truman’s decision. And he chose well. Has your mind fallen victim to the therapies prescribed through multiculturalism and Utoptian Progressivism? Have you lost your identity, your sense of national worth? Your exceptionalism? Or, do you shrug when you see pathetic people, wasting time in Senate Committees, about an unsubstantiated claim that 36 years ago some teen-aged boy humped your leg? And you just so happen to come out of your four-decade-old trauma, just enough to make the allegation, but can’t tell WHAT YEAR it happened, how you got there, who’s house it was in, who was there at the party (other than the accused), nor how you got home. If you have any sense of personal pride and self esteem, you should be enraged at such antics being held as credible. You should scream in outrage that an allegation makes one guilty and has to prove innocence, when American jurisprudence speaks the opposite. Do you shrug, or do you get angry?