Originally Posted by suited
War is hell. A lot of civilians died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Not many Kamikaze pilots around these days. If we're going to avoid conflicts that result in loss of civilian life, we might as well just admit we're never going to defeat radical Islam.
We're never going to defeat radical islam at least not in our lifetimes, defeating isis will demand civilian casualties though. But I'd argue it is a thing that needs to be done.
Secondly comparison with Japan are off. Equivalent would be bombing to oblivion or nuking of every ISIS held city. There are grounds to argue dropping the bomb was a display of power aimed at USSR and Japan was going to concede anyway in matter of few weeks at most. They were trying to surrender for months.
It's not like all of military stood by this decision either
The Japanese had, in fact, already sued for peace. The atomic bomb played no decisive part, from a purely military point of view, in the defeat of Japan.
— Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet
The use of [the atomic bombs] at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons ... The lethal possibilities of atomic warfare in the future are frightening. My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.
— Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy, Chief of Staff to President Truman, 1950
The atomic bomb had nothing to do with the end of the war at all.
— Major General Curtis LeMay, XXI Bomber Command, September 1945
The first atomic bomb was an unnecessary experiment ... It was a mistake to ever drop it ... [the scientists] had this toy and they wanted to try it out, so they dropped it ...
— Fleet Admiral William Halsey, Jr., 1964Edited by wojt - 7/21/16 at 4:52am