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    • Andrew
    • 31.12.10 | 12:04 (IST)

    The reasons for the use of the nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were: i) to put the frighteners on Stalin ii) to test delivery systems iii) to examine the effects of nuclear weapons on real targets - material and human. Japan had already agreed to surrender. The only sticking point was the US insistence over the EMperoor of Japan. This issue was raised deliberately to ensure that Japan would reject it, giving the US the excuse they wanted. After the bombs were dropped and Japan surrendered, the condition regarding the Emperor as dropped. Sounds familiar - Saddam had to 'prove' a negative, Iran has to 'prove' a negative

    from the article: U.K. envoy said Israel ready to use nuclear bomb in 1980, newly released cables reveal
    First published 21:04 30.12.10 | Last updated 21:04 30.12.10
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