Attacking America at Pearl Harbor may have been the single costliest decision in the history of Japan.

It didn’t just cost them the lives of their soldiers…

It cost them the lives of HUNDREDS of thousands of innocent civilians when the US, regretfully, was forced to make the decision to drop nuclear bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The cost was HUGE…

And as images of the death and devastation started making their way back stateside, many Americans began to understand just what their country unleashed upon the world.

The dropping of “Little Boy” on Hiroshima changed everything going forward…

The way the geopolitical game was played changed overnight.

Everything Changed In An INSTANT

The amount of power that the events in Japan handed to America is almost incalculable – it made us THE superpower on the planet, with Russia always running a close second…

But should it have been given to us?

We basically proved we’re better at killing than the rest of the world and that we’re willing to do it…

And it’s sort of a chilling commentary on our culture.

That being said…

It also may have SAVED thousands, if not millions, of lives in the long run, as the threat of American nuclear weapons makes many dictatorships and despots pause before they started acting up.

The threat of the destructive force of 15,000 tons of dynamite raining down tends to make even the craziest of leaders stop and think twice about their actions.

Can you imagine what the people of Hiroshima felt or experienced at 8:15am on August 6th, 1945?

The city was just waking up as “Little Boy” fell to earth – instantly destroying the city and killing 70,000 people in the blink of an eye.

That is heavy…

But the Japanese government had vowed to fight till the bitter end – giving America and her allies no choice.

The destruction was almost total…

And while 70,000 people died instantly, over the next four months, that number would increase by 40,000, as those who were affected by the blast and its after-effects succumbed to their wounds and illnesses.

By the end of it all…

There are estimates that over 200,000 people lost their lives to the bomb over time – making it one of Japan’s darkest hours.

The Cost Of Stubbornness

That being said, it’s not like American leadership made this decision lightly…

By July, America and her allies had pushed Japan to the brink of defeat, with President Harry Truman demanding the Eastern nation’s immediate and unconditional surrender.

Japan said no…

So if Truman and the Allies wanted to end the war, they would have to take drastic action – and unfortunately, the city of Hiroshima would have to pay the price for Japan’s leadership’s stubbornness.

However…

Even all that destruction wasn’t enough to get Japan to surrender – so a second bomb was dropped onto Nagasaki three days later.

Again, this wasn’t a popular decision among America’s military leadership Many felt that Japan’s surrender was imminent…

However, the fact some may have wanted revenge for Japan’s unprovoked attack on Pearl Harbor could have been a deciding factor.

Regardless, six days after Nagasaki, Japan announced its surrender.

But the question remains…

Did we learn anything?

Have we evolved to the point where NOBODY will ever drop a nuclear bomb on another country ever again?

Maybe, it’s pretty safe to say that no American president will make that decision – however the same can’t be said for the rest of the world.

We can be hopeful that nobody would ever want to unleash the power of a nuclear weapon – but you never can tell.

However – if it never happens…

We have the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to thank – their sacrifice has ushered in a nuclear peace for 74 years.

Let’s hope it lasts another 74 at least.

 

“The atomic bomb made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass; and beyond there is a different country.” – J. Robert Oppenheimer