The Atomic Bomb Wasn't the Only Thing Dropped on Japan In World War II
by Pamela J. Adams
Progressives are a heartbeat away from successfully expunging the horrors of Pearl Harbor, Adolf Hitler, and the Holocaust from textbooks. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will soon be the only aspects of World War II children know.
Purposely ignoring the socialism and dictatorships of Hitler, the Nazis and WWII Japan, progressives instead side with those ideologies to demonize America.
During World War II, Japanese conducted beheadings and burned imprisoned enemy soldiers. After capturing Americans and Filipinos in the Philippines in April 1942, they marched them over 60 miles to Capas in what is called the Bataan Death March. Men were starved, abused, and if they were too sick or weak to continue, Japanese soldiers casually shot them. Civilians who dared try to help the soldiers or give them food or water were also met with a bullet. Approximately 10,000 POWs dies.
However, gruesome deaths were not only limited to the enemy. Japanese culture accepted personal sacrifice to further the collective mission, praising and honoring Kamikaze pilots for suicide missions. Moreover, Japan was determined to fight until victory was won. You cannot compromise or negotiate with this kind of ideology. It must be defeated.
US President Harry S. Truman, Prime minister Winston Churchill, and USSR's Joseph Stalin brought down Hitler and the Nazis in May of 1945. Therefore, war efforts focused on the Pacific conflict as Truman prepared for a large and bloody attack in November. It was estimated the Allies would suffer casualties 10 times that of the Normandy invasion. That all changed with first successful test of the atomic bomb in New Mexico on July 16, 1945.
Allies had presented Japan with the Potsdam Declaration earlier that month that insisted on the "unconditional surrender of all the Japanese armed forces." The Allies warned reluctance to accept it would result in "the inevitable and complete destruction of the Japanese armed forces and just as inevitable the utter devastation of the Japanese homeland." By the end of July, Japanese Prime Minister Kantaro Suzuki officially disregarded the Allies' proposal.
Truman was not eager about ordering the use of the atomic bomb as he understood its incredible power. Before the bombs were actually dropped, US forces took steps to warn civilians of the coming destruction. America in no way wanted to see innocent lives lost. They even issued pleas for surrender, yet Japan's leaders were determined not to give up no matter how many soldiers and civilians they lost. Their pride got in the way of their people.
American military leaders decided to appeal to the common sense of Japan’s people, composing flyers encouraging citizens to insist their leaders end the war. They were also warned of the devastating consequences if action was not taken. Millions of these leaflets were dropped on several Japanese cities.
The LeMay Leaflet read:
“Read this carefully as it may save your life or the life of a relative or friend. In the next few days, some or all of the cities named on the reverse side will be destroyed by American bombs. These cities contain military installations and workshops or factories which produce military goods. We are determined to destroy all of the tools of the military clique which they are using to prolong this useless war. But, unfortunately, bombs have no eyes. So, in accordance with America's humanitarian policies, the American Air Force, which does not wish to injure innocent people, now gives you warning to evacuate the cities named and save your lives. America is not fighting the Japanese people but is fighting the military clique which has enslaved the Japanese people. The peace which America will bring will free the people from the oppression of the military clique and mean the emergence of a new and better Japan. You can restore peace by demanding new and good leaders who will end the war. We cannot promise that only these cities will be among those attacked but some or all of them will be, so heed this warning and evacuate these cities immediately.”
Similar statements were read every 15 minutes on Radio Tokyo. Unfortunately, the Japanese government refused to budge. America responded on August 6th by dropping “Little Boy” on Hiroshima from the Enola Gay. It killed an estimated 70,000 people and demolished a 5-square-mile section of the city.
The attack managed to influence a small group of leaders, yet the majority still refused to surrender. Two days later, the USSR joined the Allies and declared war on Japan. More leaflets were then dropped, including:
Notice to the Japanese People! Evacuate the city immediately. What this leaflet contains is extremely important, so please read carefully. The Japanese people are facing an extremely important autumn. Your military leaders were presented with thirteen articles for surrender by our three-country alliance to put an end to this unprofitable war. This proposal was ignored by your army leaders. Because of this the Soviet Republic intervened. In addition, the United States has developed an atom bomb, which had not been done by any nation before. It has been determined to employ this frightening bomb. One atom bomb has the destructive power of 2000 B-29s. This frightening fact should be understood by you by observing what kind of situation was caused when only one was dropped on Hiroshima.
An estimated 70 million leaflets were distributed overall throughout Japan. However, the Japanese government punished anyone who read the pamphlets and didn't turn them in immediately. As a result, the Allies were forced to act again. On August 9th, Soviet forces attacked and overwhelmed Manchuria while America released the "Fat Man" on Nagasaki.
Finally convinced of his defeat, Emperor Hirohito informed his government to agree to surrender. By the end of the day, Hirohito and his supreme war council consented to the Potsdam Declaration.
Still unwilling to give up, Major Kenji Hatanaka led a military coup in the early morning of August 15th. However, it was extinguished by mid-morning with Hirohito informing his people of the country’s surrender at noon on the radio. America immediately accepted.
The official surrender ceremony took place on September 2nd in Tokyo Bay and is known as V-J Day, or Victory over Japan Day. The 3-week delay gave Allies time to appoint representatives to be present. The surrender agreement was signed just after 9 a.m. Tokyo time on the deck of the Missouri, finally ending World War II.
Today, children are being taught that the United States ruthlessly, heartlessly and unnecessarily dropped the atomic bombs. Progressives denounce the use of them, claiming they did not make a difference. This ignores Hirohito's declaration that the “new and most cruel bomb” was the cause for defeat. Those critical of America's actions are blind to Japan’s determination to carry on even after Hiroshima. Repeated warnings of a second bomb meant nothing to Japan's resolve.
In Japan, history lessons gloss over and massage Pearl Harbor and the Bataan Death March, as Japanese children are also indoctrinated to believe they were victimized by America. While German children are taught about Hitler and the Nazis, the government suppressed and outlawed Nazi propaganda and Hitler's Mein Kaumf, keeping a true understand of the atrocities from the people, just as progressives are doing with Confederate statues, monuments, and historical remembrances. As a result, Nazism is again on a rise in Germany.
However, Germans are doing one thing right. Lessons are presented as World War II history, not as a permanent scar on the German people. They do not burden their students with an unforgivable guilt for their grandparent's and great-grandparent's actions, as it should be.
So, in essence, progressives have more in common with the socialist and dictatorial tactics of the Japanese and Germans of blaming America than they do with our veterans and citizens who lived through World War II and know the true history. Conservatives have been dropping warning leaflets through internet sites and social media. Yet just like the Japanese government, these outlets controlled by leftists are stifling those warnings, threatening and silencing those trying to sound the alarm of the impending devastation of it progressivism.
With our collective ignorance of history, unless someone stands up like Truman and drops a virtual bomb, our future is not the peace achieved in World War II. It will be continued and more intense death and destruction until all of Western Civilization is destroyed beyond repair.
But that's just my 2 cents.
About the Author
Pamela J. Adams was a high school math teacher in an inner city school system but her passion is research and history. Pam has authored several genealogy books along with compilations of her historical blogs, Liberating Letters, which she maintains at her website TheFactsPaper.com. You can find more details about her books on her Amazon Page.
You can follow her current blogs at her Liberating Letters Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon accounts. Her desire is to provide a tool for teachers, parents, grandparents, and citizens to preserve and pass on America's rich history to students, family, and all people who love freedom and liberty. Pamela was also a contributing writer to Constitution.com before joining Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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