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S.M. Stirling

Nonsense.

To begin with, the conventional bombing was just as destructive as the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings; 100,000 people died in a single night during the firestorm raids on Tokyo.

In WWII, indiscriminate bombardment of civilians from the air was simply generally accepted. For that matter, we killed 30,000 -French- civilians in the month before D-Day (about 1000 a day) in our attacks on the French railway network.

And even -with- the nuclear bombs, fanatical Army officers were trying to take the Emperor prisoner to prevent a surrender. Some elements of the Japanese leadership wanted to surrender; plenty of others wanted to fight to the last teenage girl with a bamboo spear, and the population was prepared to obey.

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