Remembering Mr. Miyamoto

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August 11, 2011
by Bretigne Shaffer  
Posted in Commentary

"According to most high-school history texts, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were terrible but necessary tragedies. They 'ended the war,' and while they resulted in the deaths of as many as 250,000, they saved many thousands more. Of course a close examination of the facts reveals that none of this is true: Even the estimate for a full-scale invasion of Japan put the American death toll at only 46,000 (all combatant deaths, not civilians). Moreover, the Japanese government had been trying to surrender -- balking only at the unconditionality the US side demanded, as they did not want to see their emperor dethroned and executed. Following the Japanese surrender however, the US government happily allowed the emperor to continue serving as a figurehead." (08/12/11)  

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