LeMay said if we lost the war that we would have all been prosecuted as war criminals. And I think he's right. He...and I'd say I...were behaving as war criminals...LeMay recognized that what he was doing would be thought immoral if his side has lost...But what makes it immoral if you lose and not immoral if you win?
One of those was that they be allowed to keep their emperor.
You think of the lives which would have been lost in an invasion of Japan's home islands--a staggering number of Americans but millions more of Japanese-0and you Thank God for the Atom Bomb.
"He said the display "was not intended to insult anybody," but the Japanese were outraged. The U.S. government later issued a formal apology."
"Paul Tibbets: My edict was as clear as could be. Drop simultaneously in Europe and the Pacific because of the secrecy problem - you couldn't drop it in one part of the world without dropping it in the other. And so he said, "I don't know what to tell you, but I know you happen to have B-29's to start with. I've got a squadron in training in Nebraska - they have the best record so far of anybody we've got. I want you to go visit them, look at them, talk to them, do whatever you want. If they don't suit you, we'll get you some more." He said: "There's nobody could tell you what you have to do because nobody knows. If we can do anything to help you, ask me." I said thank you very much. He said, "Paul, be careful how you treat this responsibility, because if you're successful you'll probably be called a hero. And if you're unsuccessful, you might wind up in prison."
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