That Big Bang

I could go into a review of some TV show…..but not this time.  (But it is a cute and entertaining program)

I am a member of a discussion group, the Psi Phi Society, not to be confused with SciFi, we discuss everything from Anthropology to Xenophobia.  It is a group made up of about 6 people a couple of professors. a preacher, a business man, a teacher and a computer geek.

When we first started one of the first discussions we had was about WW2 and the bomb.  The question for the group was…..was the use of the A-bomb on Japan really necessary?

I came down on the side of “not necessary”…..in my opinion Japan had already lost the war and their leadership knew it.  Starvation was rampant, they were eating dogs and cats, morale was at an all time low and fear of an aerial attack was a daily worry.  I firmly believe that if we had not used the bomb it would have been less than a year before Japan had surrendered.

We never came to a definitive answer to the question.  Good arguments were made on both sides but I still stand by my assertion that they were unnecessary.

Then I read an interesting article that tackles the same question that the Society tackled a couple of years ago.

Last Sunday marked the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, followed three days later by the bombing of Nagasaki.

Residents of former Allied countries all generally agree on what happened next: An awed Japan surrendered and the world was spared the devastating human cost of a land invasion of the Japanese home islands. A particularly chilling fact is that United States has yet to use up the vast supply of Purple Hearts minted in anticipation of a bloody landing.

Arguments against the bombings usually take a moral tack. That whatever the ends, it’s never right to intentionally vaporize women and children. But in recent years an entire new argument has emerged: Bomb or no bomb, the war would have ended anyway.

Source: Did the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki really end the war? | National Post

Now that the case was been made….what say you?

Was the use of the bomb truly necessary to end World War 2?  Or was it a message sent to the rest of the world?