Admiral Breetai wrote:I'm with Darkstar on this, claiming Truman unleashed a weapon yet untested in combat
Nukes, especially back then, were hardly "combat" weapons. They still largely remain terror weapons, considering the yields involved and how they're meant to be used even today.
Besides, the most immediate destructive effects of this weapon were already known, thanks to the Trinity test.
And frankly, what's there to be puzzled about with something that makes a big arse boom and huge fireball, as seen in the test in the desert?
whose potential upper yield was anyone's guess
The lower end yield is what would have mattered more and either the bomb would fail to detonate or it would release several kilotons worth of energy. By that I mean more than a dozen KT.
The first bombing on civilians would have sufficiently proved the reliability of the weapon in a so-called "combat" situation. A second bombing would have served no necessary purpose, as far as testing on human populations goes.
So excuse me A.B., but what kind of silly rationalization is that anyway? Poor US forces were taking a biiiig risk with their unthreatened huge bombers because they didn't know if their new toy would release 8 or 30 kt on the face of people so... well, they had to throw one at them, at least, just to be sure? o_O
and whose long term damages were unknown and incalculable at the time,
Not that they were particularly necessary to be known as the immediate
damage (heat and blast) was already known, but the mysteries were mainly about the fallout, not too much about the effects of radiation on organic tissues.
solely out of some sadistic sense of jingoism when the guy was proven to be the exact opposite of a War monger (Re: Macarthur wanting wanting to dump something like twenty nukes into China and Truman throwing him out of the army for it)
Just picking a nutcase even crazier than Truman doesn't make the latter any less unreasonnable.
Reason would have led him to say "okay let's have them keep that silly 'emperrrrrror' clown in place for annual festivals if that makes them happy. We bombed them back to the dark ages. They are so neutered it does not matter anymore. No need to kill more civilians and scorching cities for the sake of some silly and cute superstition."
Now that is
something that sounds like reason.
is about as valid as saying 9/11 was an inside job
or da joooooss
bro. All reptilians. And illuminazi and stuff.