Cause and Effect - The Attack of Pearl Harbor
Causes and Effects of the Attack on Pearl Harbor
"'I distrust people who speak of the (atom) bombings today as an atrocity they strongly opposed in 1945 I don't believe them. At the time virtually everyone was delighted that we dropped the bombs, not only because they shortened the war and saved thousands of American lives but also (quite irrationally, notice) because the "Japs" deserved it for the terrible things they had done to our boys at Pearl Harbor, Bataan, Guadalcanal, and all the way through the Pacific.'"
geminienglish / Cause and Effect of the attack on Pearl Harbor
One incensed reader of the article was , who was the USA's ambassador to Japan from 1932 until the day after the Pearl Harbor attack. Grew was in intimate contact with Truman and Stimson and was behind the effort to put language into the Potsdam Declaration that Japan could retain its imperial family. Grew strongly believed that if Japan had been given assurances regarding their emperor's status, it would have surrendered months before the USA dropped the atom bombs. Grew confronted Stimson regarding that glaring omission in the article. While defending himself, Stimson wrote to Grew in the wake of the article that those who decided to bomb Hiroshima were "very fine men," but they "should have known better."