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To some, this might sound like utter foolishness. At least, it sounded that way to me when I first heard of the idea. However, in this article, Ward Wilson makes a remarkably convincing case that, as the Japanese leadership in 1945 cared remarkably little about the destruction of Japanese cities, the use of nuclear weapons by the U.S. in Japan had no impact on Japan’s decision to surrender. I’m amazed at how I could have been so wrong. The Soviet decision to declare war on Japan is usually barely discussed in U.S. High Schools, and is certainly not given precedence over the atomic bombing of Japan by the U.S.

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