Some other posters brought up the possibility of a negotiated peace with Japan.
I am interested in some point of views on this.
1st I do believe it was possible. But what would the ramifications be?
On one hand, it probably would have saved quite a few Japanese lives and possibly tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of US lives.
Would the US public have stood for it?
Was the spectre of WWI too strong, such that it was the only acceptable option?
Given their territorial ambitions in Asia, would the USSR have gone along with it?
Would the Chinese have gone along with it?
What about everyone else in the Pacific Rim?
What would the conditions have looked like?
Would the Japanese leadership been surrendered for trial? Would the Emperor?
Would there have been compensation? Could Japan have afforded to pay it?
Would the US have supplied any post-war reconstruction effort?
In view of 1918, Would we have 70 years of peace?
Would the Japanese have been better off for it or were they better off under the actual unconditional surrender?
Frankly, I know none of the answers to these question.
Please share your thoughts on these concerns also, feel free to offer more of the many considerations I have missed.
This was offered as just what I thought would be an interesting history related analysis/query. It is not meant to get anyone's dander up.
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