Cardinal O'Brien on Nuclear Weapons
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(07-01-2009, 01:21 PM)OKinyobe Wrote: The Japanese weren't going to surrender but were prepared to sacrifice every man, woman and child for a five foot emperor. Nagasaki wasn't even the primary target. Places like Kobe and Kyoto were. The pilot was running out of fuel and was in the midst of extreme cloud cover. He made a decision.

That is only partly correct.  Nagasaki was a secondary target to Kokura.  Kyoto was considered as a target but was spared because Henry Stimson argued against it because of its significance to him.  Kobe was never on the list, as far as I know.  The pilot followed the mission plan; he was not shooting from the hip.  Nagasaki was a preplanned target depending on weather.
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Re: Cardinal O'Brien on Nuclear Weapons - by Anthem - 07-01-2009, 01:47 PM



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