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The mayors of the two Japanese cities in question spoke out about a wide "perception gap" between the two countries. Nagasaki Mayor Hitoshi Motoshima, surmounting a cultural distaste for offending, called the bombings "one of the two great crimes against humanity in the 20th Century, along with the Holocaust". Defenders of the US action counter that the bomb actually saved lives: It ended the war sooner and obviated the need for a land invasion.

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Shigeko Sasamori was 13 when the bomb exploded over her home city of Hiroshima.
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One reason for the fanaticism, however, was to protect the emperor from war crimes prosecution, which the doves and hawks in the Japanese government were united on. The Japanese people saw the emperor as deific. By August of 1945, Japan was defeated. They were completely surrounded by enemy troops. Its navy was gone, its air force was gone; it was not even shooting at American airplanes that dropped bombs. The Japanese had been exploring surrendering for more than a year when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. After the USA's victory at Saipan in July of 1944, Japan's future was plain to all. Allied forces were rolling across Europe by that time, and all observers knew that it was only a matter of time before Japan and Germany were defeated. Japan began exploring surrender options in July 1944, and the USA knew it.

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Even after the atomic bombs were dropped, a fanatical faction in the Japanese military did not want to surrender, and they seized the recording of Emperor Hirohito, as they preferred to die instead of surrender. They felt that the USA had ten more atom bombs ready to drop on Japan, and that they could withstand it. The man who crafted the Kamikaze strategy came to a meeting on August 13th, four days after the Nagasaki bomb dropped, and the day before Hirohito recorded his surrender address to Japan, with a plan to "sacrifice twenty million Japanese lives in a special (Kamikaze) attack." There may be proportionally more right-wing fanatics in Japan than in the USA, and they can be more fanatical than Americans. Vengeance perpetrated against those who voice views at odds with the right-wing image of Japan is common. Japan’s fanatical military leaders did not prevail, however, and saner members of the government did. Hirohito made an unprecedented move when he asked the cabinet to surrender. The "god" of Japan had never before lowered himself to deal in Japan’s temporal affairs. When his surrender speech was broadcast to Japan’s citizens, it was the first time that his voice was publicly heard in Japan. To the Japanese, it was as if their god spoke to them.

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Paul Fussell was one of the most vigorous defenders of dropping the bomb, mainly because he would have been shipped from Europe for the invasion of Japan, which no American in the European Theater eagerly anticipated. The "anybody but me" view of the cannon fodder is understandable, but did not make bombing Hiroshima "righteous."

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I will give Truman the benefit of the doubt that he would happily sacrifice hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians to spare thousands of American soldiers. The evidence strongly supports the idea that the lives "saved" by the atom bombs were steadily inflated by Truman and his advisors after the war, to retroactively make their decisions seem more humane, but I will side with those who think that it did not matter how many American lives would be saved by the bomb. Even though people such as Sledge knew that they were expendable cannon fodder, I will accept that Truman wanted no more of them to die than was necessary, and if nuking Japan could save lives of American soldiers, then he was for it, although his invasion of Korea makes the argument questionable. Such one-sided calculations have been seen many times in the USA's military since then, and I will even accept that Truman believed in the welfare of his in-group. Out-groups have been and even , so Truman was doing nothing different in kind, but just on a scale and violent intensity that was unprecedented.

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In the first chapter, Rubinstein surveyed the phenomenon of recent scholarship on the issue of "rescue." He surveyed the vast literature on the subject that has been produced and told the reader he will demonstrate that all the scholarship that makes the case that the Western world could have done to minimize the Holocaust is wrong. Rubinstein began his assault on the myths by attacking the first one, the "Myth of Closed Doors, 1933-9." In that chapter, Rubinstein made the case that anti-Semitism was not nearly as pronounced in American society, and European society in general, as Wyman and others would have us believe. Rubinstein devoted great attention to the notion. He presented tables to show that contrary to the assertion of Wyman and friends, that most of Germany’s Jews escaped to Western nations before the war broke out, so the closed-door idea was a myth. He presented several tables of numbers to make his case. He presented tables on how many Jews fled Germany, when and where they went, and presented results of public opinion polls on the issue of Jewish immigration and their attitude toward the Nazi regime. With Rubinstein's book as the sole source of information, his thesis might have been convincing. As with , reading statistical data needs to be performed carefully, because creative ability can make numbers say almost whatever people want them to, and there are . What numbers an author presents and omits can disclose a great deal regarding his/her motivation.