Originally Posted by Dave W.
Unless one has intimate knowledge of Japan and it's culture most of the speculations aired here a irrelevant.
Is that what they call an appeal to authority/competency?
One doesn't have to have lived there or immersed ones self in the Japanese culture to have a relevant opinion of the subject matter. It does help in certain cases to gain an understanding of the events and possible outcomes, but being well read in the events an the chronology of the time should suffice.
The US had several other atomic bombs in on line to be dropped within a few weeks of the first two or three.
As I have stated in another thread, the bombs actually figure very little in the records of the discussions of the cabinet about surrender. I'm sure they were a consideration but I think it was a combination of events that finally made the Japanese surrender.
Hirohito himself stated a desire to end the war before the bombs were dropped and the Japanese govt was seeking talks through the Russians a couple months before Hiroshima.
The two bombs were dropped an the Russians declared war and invaded Manchuria before Hirohito took the unprecedented move of speaking during a cabinet session and asking for the members present to end the war.
The Emperor might have had supreme status in Japan but he didn't go about ordering things willy nilly. He was always expected to be the symbol of power but not to exercise it as such.