Murray, Williamson
August 2005
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Aug2005, Vol. 131 Issue 8, p13
Conference Proceeding
This article comments on the dropping of atomic bombs by the U.S. on Japan in 1945. A whole generation of diplomatic and political historians, few of whom know foreign languages or have studied other cultures, have argued that the dropping of the atomic bombs was not necessary, and that the U.S. should have demonstrated the bomb on an isolated piece of terrain before dropping these terrible weapons on populated cities. The realities of the hard decision-making of spring and early summer 1945 underlines how far removed such critics are from the real world.


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