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Sorry. There were some issues regarding where the Deep Breath review was to be posted and when, so I sort of abandoned it.
If you’re still interested though, and it sounds like you are, I can have it out Friday. Or possibly Thursday, but likely Friday. My opinions on it differ from most people it would seem, so it should be interesting >=D.
Japan offered us unconditional surrender. Re-read the post - they said the only condition was that we didn’t call it that. We could put whatever terms we wanted to and they’d accept. We could have made Japan a state if we had really wanted to. Or killed everyone in the country. So long as we didn’t call it unconditional.
Most people honestly believe that dropping the bomb saved more Japanese and American lives than it lost. Which is strictly, by US government estimates at the time, not true. And if you read the documents that went into the creation of the “Stimson” article in Harper’s (to be fair, he did sign it if nothing else), you’ll see that they knew this was a lie when they wrote it in there.
And being ‘angry’ at Japan does not in any way validate killing an estimate 500,000 innocent not-connected-to-the-war people. I’m angry at the Chinese government now - I certainly don’t have the right to go and do that. And most people believe the dropping was validated - obviously there’s some lying going on.
The reason most people don’t know the facts is simple, really. First, it goes into nation-building. Namely that it is good for the construction of national identity to think they’re in the right in most major issues (especially recent ones).
Second, and this is equally important, these documents were only declassified in the mid-late 1990’s. Until then, historians believed that they existed, but it was mostly smoke, mirrors, and speculation. Research is ongoing as to the documents that were declassified and, while most historians (who aren’t like 80) believe that the dropping of the bomb was totally unjustified, the textbooks simply haven’t been written outside of an collegiate setting. There’s always an absurdly slow trickle from contemporary research to what it taught to children in primary schools. I’d be interested to see how this changes in the next 20 years or so.
Here are the votes so far in order…
I’ve removed Star Cops, The Omega Factor, UFO, and The Man from UNCLE due to no votes.
Just a couple hours left to the poll as to what I watch next… Please vote my Classic Who friends!
Or you can vote here?
I’m done Red Dwarf. Sorry there wasn’t much content, but Red Dwarf isn’t the best thing for deep analysis lol. It was incredible though and I’m very much looking forward to Season XI.
Should I watch…
Poll ends at midnight tonight (11:59pm 9/11).
Well, I’m done Red Dwarf. Season 10 was phenomenal (one of the best yet) - thrilled to hear 11 is being worked on.
Tomorrow I’ll run another poll as to what I watch next. If it’s a more complex show than Red Dwarf and inspires some analytical thinking, you can expect to see a lot of content from it.