Every year at this time, there's much discussion in the newspaper about the anniversary of the last atomic bomb. This typically is a pretty one-sided discussion, as you'd expect from the poorly educated, leftie inhabitants of the MSM.
Offered for your consideration, and in the spirit of the subtlety and nuance that we're constantly reminded by that same MSM always tells us we need to exercise (*cough*Cowboy Bushitler*cough*), here are three exhibits that (a) you never read about in your newspaper, and (b) entirely explain the decision to drop the bomb. Entirely.
Exhibit A: 10,000 Japanese civilians commit suicide on Saipan, rather than surrender to the Americans. Not Japanese soldiers, almost all 30,000 of whom fought to the death. Civilians.
Exhibit B: Okinawa civilians were used as human shields by the Japanese army, and then ordered to kill themselves. Between 42,000 and 150,000 died as a result. The largest political protest in Okinawa history occurred three years ago, when the Japanese education ministry tried to airbrush this from school textbooks. Over 100,000 people took to the streets.
Exhibit C: The War Department ordered the manufacture of 500,000 Purple Heart medals in 1945, in preparation for the invasion of the Japanese home islands. There are still well over 100,000 in government warehouses: two thirds of a century of war has not exhausted this stock.
My biggest problem with the modern education system (up to and including the Universities) is that so many people emerge from the system entirely uneducated.
UPDATE 6 August 2010 11:45: More here. And here. And here.