Posted by perspective on May 02, 2020 at 03:04:40:
In Reply to: Re: The real problem for restarting sports in high schools posted by Let's Get Real on May 01, 2020 at 15:30:06:
: : : Walt, do you think we should shut down the entire world economy for months if it were to save just one human life?
: : That's a fine bit of reductio ad absurdum arguing you've got going there.
: : Walt's Dog
: Thanks. Feel free to answer the question.
What exactly are you trying to prove with that question? World leaders make awful decisions that cost lives in nearly every crisis. If you're one person making the decision for a loved one, then it's worth it. That has no actual bearing on this situation.
Some historians believe Truman dropped the A-bomb on Japan only to prevent Russia from being part of the negotiations for surrender, fearing Japan would be split in two as Germany was. This theory is supported by the Allied firebombing of Dresden, completely unnecessary to the advance on Berlin. The Allies chose to not aid the Red Army's offensive on the German capital with a more suitable target, even though it may have ended the war sooner and saved tend of thousands of Holocaust victims.
Further supporting the theory is the Allied request for Russia to refrain from entering the Pacific War for three months after May 8th, which Stalin adhered to. The Cold War was underway before any treaties were signed.
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