Should the U.S. apologise for dropping nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War 2?
Is a formal apology necessary? Weren't the bombs a more merciful outcome than a land invasion? Should Japan apologise for their atrocities in the war as well? Should anyone have to apologise for their actions during war, especially wars from the past? Is it really in the past if the effects of nuclear radiation are still being felt?
- MichaelLv 73 weeks ago
No. Dropping the bombs saved somewhere between twelve million and 37 million Japanese lives.
- Anonymous2 months ago
We should recognize that it was a terrible, terrible thing, but it was the right thing to do.
- ANDRE LLv 72 months ago
As soon as Japan apologizes for the Rape of Nanking, invading Manchuria in 1931, China in 1937, and so on...
And, as soon as Japan apologizes for not facing reality and surrendering BEFORE the Bombs HAD to be dropped on them.
- TedExLv 72 months ago
Didn't Obama take care of that?????
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- USAFisnumber1Lv 72 months ago
No. We did not start the war but we sure ended it.
- jeeper_peeper321Lv 72 months ago
should Grogs tribe apologise to Uggas tribe for raiding them in 12,837 BC?
- Max HooplaLv 72 months ago
No. Vaporizing 80,000 people was the better option at the time and millions more Japanese survived because of that.
- David B.Lv 72 months ago
I fail to see how any apology will change the result of such actions. As far as I'm concerned the Japanese started the war against the US. They should have listened to Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto regarding the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor by forces of Imperial Japan when he supposedly said: "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." That might have been a time to make such an apology. The response by the United States Military was to defend itself and drive the Japanese to their knees in surrender. The atomic bombs were a means to that end. Japan was warned before they were dropped and chose to ignore those warnings to their peril. The result is nothing that the United States needs to apologize for, in my opinion.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Only if the US feels better after apologising, otherwise they can continue to sit on the naughty step.
- W.T. DoorLv 72 months ago
Nope. No apology needed.
Had an invasion been necessary to force Japan into defeat then I believe there is a good chance the Japanese islands today would not be inhabited by Japanese people.