Thousands or Millions?

The anniversary last month of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan once again raised the question of whether nuking Japan was necessary, not to mention sane or moral. We usually hear that it saved the lives of half a million or a million U.S. soldiers. Bush the First once said that the bombs “spared millions of American lives.” But not even Truman went into the millions. I recently came across an audio recording of Truman speaking after the first bomb was dropped. Note here that he says “thousands and thousands” not “millions and millions.”

For more on Truman and the atomic bombs, see Ralph Raico.

Author: Laurence Vance

Laurence Vance holds degrees in history, theology, accounting, and economics. He has written and published twelve books and regularly contributes articles and book reviews to both secular and religious periodicals.

  • Jenkins

    Ah! So instead of sending troops into that terrible threat of Iran, it would be a much more economical mass murder to simply send a few nuclear warheads. See? It’s simple.

  • Will Blalock

    What are you, a Holocau… I mean Nuclearbombssavelives denier?

  • J Swenson

    History is “bunk”. Say what ever you feel like saying. Who’s going to ever check the facts. I mean what are facts anyway.

  • Vassili

    Here is a point of view from Russia for you concideration.

    Truman’s nuclear strike on Japan resulted in Stalin’s firm decision to concentrate maximum effort on developing nuclear forces (as opposed to anything else, including unlikely attempt to occupy Western Europe). That in turn resulted in Russia now having US-containing nuclear capability. That in turn prevents Bush (and US in general) from getting any crazier then it could have been.

    Which is GOOD :-)

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