> The Potsdam declaration in July, demand[ed] that Japan surrender unconditionally or face ‘prompt and utter destruction.’ MacArthur was appalled. He knew that the Japanese would never renounce their emperor, and that without him an orderly transition to peace would be impossible anyhow, because his people would never submit to Allied occupation unless he ordered it. Ironically, when the surrender did come, it was conditional, and the condition was a continuation of the imperial reign. Had the General’s advice been followed, the resort to atomic weapons at Hiroshima and Nagasaki might have been unnecessary.
The "unconditional surrender" wording was an official statement, but not a 100% accurate depiction of reality.
>by the way, you are peddling historical revisionism
What I've stated has been based in fact, and I don't appreciate you conveniently ignore the facts I took the time to contribute and calmly having the indignity to type that. You don't actually want a discussion or to know why someone might disagree with you - You're just glued to your world view.
Just keep this in mind. This is a quote published in stripes.com, the US Dept. of Defenses' newspaper:
>"The bomb played a part in Japan’s surrender, but it may not have been necessary, he said."
Oh, and more on your supposed "unconditional surrender" and war crimes:
If I can open a source, point you to the fact, and show you why that's wrong, but you still are latched onto your worldview without engaging in interest in understanding another's point of view, I have nothing left to say.
Various myths and themes persist across religions, history and geography.
American Caesar - http://www.amazon.com/American-Caesar-Douglas-MacArthur-1880...
Biography of MacArthur. Interesting for its disclosure of relationships between politics, the media and the military in the absence of real time communication. Also, watch the death of Victorian values during the 20th century.
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