Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Hiroshima and Nagasaki

From the discussion here. Was it necessary to bomb populated cities rather than say letting them off in some deserted place as a show of strength?

Hiroshima and Nagasaki were relatively unpopulated areas, at least compared to say, Tokyo.

Why not just drop it on some unpopulated island instead of on a smallish city? Well I would say the reason for that is that they wanted the Japanese to know with certainty that they were prepared to use them on people. Remember that these were the only two nukes they had, if they had of detonated one somewhere remote, the Japanese might have decided they weren't prepared to use them on a city, in which case they would have had only one more chance.

Remember too that they were dropped a few days apart, and the final surrender came six days after that. They had time after the first to surrender, and even after the second they wouldn't surrender unconditionally.