A number of reasons have been proposed for the rational behind dropping the atomic bomb on the Japanese. We know now that the Japanese were training school children to attack the US soldiers with wooden spears. Experience on Okinawa reinforced the estimate that there would be one million US casualties. Several times that number of Japanese including said school children would also have died.
Then, there was the thought that our leadership wanted to test and see the effects of nuclear bombs in actual use on a city filled with people. Finally, it has been proposed that it was a demonstration to deter the Russians from further aggression.
For whatever reason, President Harry Truman, Democrat, decided to drop the bomb on Japanese civilians. And he so ordered.
When I was young, I used to have nightmares about atomic warfare. Perhaps it stemmed partly from the fact that we were in Germany at the start of the Korean War. German friends had arranged for my younger brother and me to be sheltered by German farmers. We were blonde and at the time could speak German. It was expected that the Soviets were going to invade at any time. Due to the experience of the Katyn Forest http://www.katyn.org.au/ , it was probable that my older brother and parents would have been exterminated out of hand. (We now know that, indeed, Stalin was planning WW-III. Fortunately he died. Probably Khrushchev and Beria assassinated him.)
At any rate, those nightmares came to an end when President Ronald Reagan, Republican, ended the Cold War. Now, the nightmares are coming back. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/05/21/the_fruits_of_weakness_105676.html
I would suspect Tel Aviv as a primary target. However, the Islamic militants call Israel the “Little Satan” and the US the “Great Satan”. They know that without us, Israel is toast. So, it would seem that the US will continue to also be a primary target. They have already attacked the center of US financial power (NY City) and military power (the Pentagon). It would seem reasonable for them to choose the center of our culture (Hollywood/Los Angeles) next. They have no real concern that “I AM the ONE we have been waiting for” will undertake retribution. Take a look here for a reminder of what you can expect.
We are very thankful that we live in Texas. If only I could get my son away from Washington, DC.
Pray for peace. We are closer to nuclear Armageddon than we have been since President Kennedy (Democrat) brought us to the brink of nuclear war during the Cuban missile crisis in the ‘60s.
Steamboat Jack (My evil twin)
PS I think that the chances of a nuclear bomb being set off in the US very remote. Even though “The ONE whose Middle Name can not be Spoken” is considered a weakling and a fool, GW has given them pause.
PPS If you watched the movie in the first link, there were a couple of things missing. First, the writers of the movie kept using “they” and “them”. It wasn’t “they” or “them”. It was President Harry Truman, Democrat. Second, the estimates of American casualties for an invasion of the home islands was about one million. But the estimate of Japanese casualties was several millions. I believe that using the atomic bombs on Japan gave the Japanese leadership a way to surrender. And yes, the cost was high but not as high as if Truman chose to invade the islands instead. So, the decision was “regrettable” but better in the long run.