Foreign Policy has a persuasive article that argues that the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic weapons had little effect in the ending of the war in the Pacific. Indeed, it may have perversely helped the Japanese leadership and Emperor to escape blame, and helped their long term interests.
It is troubling to consider, given the questions raised here, that the evidence of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is at the heart of everything we think about nuclear weapons. This event is the bedrock of the case for the importance of nuclear weapons… But what are we to make of all those conclusions if the traditional story of Hiroshima is called into doubt?
Read the full article here.