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2022/08/16

What's the difference between the U.S. military in 1945 and the Russian military today?

Russia's prolonged invasion of Ukraine and the killing of civilians in the wake of Russian military attacks on non-military facilities in Ukraine have been fingered as war crimes and have drawn international criticism. We, too, must loudly condemn Russia's actions.
Today is the anniversary of the end of the war in Japan, but what about the actions of the U.S. military at the end of the Asia-Pacific War, especially in 1945?
The outcome of the war between Japan and the U.S. was already becoming clear, and the U.S. forces were at a stage where all that remained was to force Japan to surrender.
Japanese bases in the Pacific islands fell one after another into US hands, and seemingly hopeless sorties by the Imperial Japanese Navy and air forces failed to change the course of the war.
The U.S. military's targets therefore focused on burning cities and killing civilians.
The background was that the U.S. Air Force (then under the command of the Army and Navy, not an independent entity) had not achieved the expected results. The U.S. spent a huge budget to develop state-of-the-art aircraft. The plan was to bomb military installations from an altitude of 10,000 meters, but the hit rate was low (said to have been around 7%), and the Air Force was increasingly criticized. This was due to the poor performance of the radar, and the effects of Japan's temperamental conditions, especially the jet stream.
Therefore, in order to demonstrate the significance of the Air Force's existence, a change of policy was made: incendiary bombs and bombs were dropped from low altitude flights to burn Japanese homes and kill civilians.
In an early morning air strike on March 10, 1945, the first step was to oil the area around downtown Tokyo, the target of the attack.
The first thing they did was to spray oil around the target area in downtown Tokyo. This was to prevent people from escaping to the outside. Next, incendiary bombs were dropped on civilian homes made of wood and paper, which were engulfed in flames. The fleeing people were killed by bombing and machine-gun fire. Thus, about 100,000 people were killed on that day alone.
The results of the battle were reported in the United States, and the Air Force was applauded.
After this, the Air Force expanded its bombings to cities throughout Japan, and finally dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Japan surrendered.
After the war, the Air Force became an independent organization, and has remained so to this day.

Looking at it this way, what is the difference between the U.S. military then and the Russian military now? If the actions of the Russian military are war crimes, then the actions of the U.S. military are war crimes as well.
However, there was no condemnation of the U.S. military, and there is none to this day. Even from within Japan, where the damage was done, only a few people have voiced condemnation.
On the contrary, the Japanese government awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette to Air Force General Curtis LeMay, who led the bombing.
How generous the Japanese people are!

(Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version))

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