^ Frank, Downfall, p. 135–7.
^ The Final Months of the War With Japan. Part III, note 24 https://www.cia.gov/library/center-f...001.html#rtoc7
^ Carroll, James (2007). House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 48. ISBN 0-618-87201-9.
^ Skates, John Ray (2000). The Invasion of Japan: Alternative to the Bomb. University of South Carolina Press. p. 79. ISBN 1570033544.
Yes, clearly those are opinion articles.
Using quotes of politicans in WW II for trying to approve a speculation is nothing but funny.
If, a big IF, Iran uses nuclear weapons on US today and becomes the superpower in the world, believe me, every president in the world will congratulate Ahmadinejad and state that he saved more lives than he took by brining down the US who starts war everywhere by saying 'we are bringing democracy'.
Its called politics for a reason.
They will of course always be objective, especially when it's right after a war in which you - depending on your point of view - actually comitted a crime against humanity itself and you are on the winning side. Who told you that history is something that can be viewed as objective? It's all (re)constructed in someone's favor.
To claim the United States used the nuclear bomb to guarantee our domination of the world is ridiculous.
There is no way the US or the UK would insinuate that the nukes were not necessary because it would expose them. The only reason the nukes were used was to save AMERICAN lives, and to gain general political/military superiority in Europe, and over Russia.
At least cite independent sources, not US government sources. Not that it would really help your case anyway...
exactly how many more do you think would have died if we had invaded their MAINLAND??
you don't think there would have been a hell of a lot more civilians die if we had a ground war in Japan?
we didn't exactly give the same care back then about civilian loss as we do now.
Just as an example to illustrate,
10 countries out of 20 have nukes, 10/20, = 1/2
6/20 countries have nukes, 3/10, = 1/3
So....do you understand now? (Have you ever taken probability or data management or math?) 'X' +1 is greater than 'X', therefore the chance of 'X' is higher than before. Applying it to this situation means the risk of a nuke going off increases. It doesn't stay the same.
The real issue with Iran and nukes is not that they themselves would use one openly. They would secretly sell them to places like Syria, North Korea etc. Combine that with the fact that China and to a lesser extent Russia, offer support to Iran, you have the makings of a disaster. Western forces attacking without prejudice anything nuclear related in Iran in order to contain it from getting into terrorist hands, or enemy states, and the blowback from China, Russia and others would be immediate.
Plus the one thing Iran sympathizers like to gloss over is that they enrich Uranium to weapon grade levels. They aren't making power, or trying to get medical isotopes with that kind of enrichment. Its for weapons that they then lie about to the rest of the world. It's the same old song and dance. "We have the right to peaceful pursuit of power, but no UN inspectors are allowed to see our peaceful efforts, and if you try we will shut off a main oil supply".
The middle east needs to first get along with its own neighbours and solve some internal civil conflicts (Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and so on), and work together to then do business with the rest of the modern world (North America, Europe, Asia). The Arab League really has a long way to go in terms of developing a firm united macro entity that can manage the region. Having nations built upon religious extremism clearly doesn't work, and countries like Eygpt and Turkey are beginning to wake up and become tired of constantly hating the rest of the world, instead of trying to work within it.
TL;DR: Western world believes that the weapon grade uranium Iran is producing will be sold to it's enemies and they are concerned if they intervene to prevent this, China and Russia will be drawn into a conflict, disrupting already fragile economies and potentially leading to even more drastic measures.
Iran ready to double its Uranium enrichment? oh yeah?well the usa bombed japan!!!! /trollface