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No, nuking Japan was neither necessary nor sufficient to end WWII in the pacific (unless you’re from the US in which case THIS IS AN ARTICLE OF FAITH).

Allow me to suggest some readings that I have compiled FOR JUST THIS OCCASION: A Thread!



1st up:

@WardHayesWilson's incisive foreign policy piece:
Wilson, Ward. “The Bomb Didn’t Beat Japan...Stalin Did.” 2013.…

I appreciate that Ward's work asks reader to consider atomic bombings in relation to a summer of city bombings/destruction.

2nd up: Kirby's Five Volume Official UK History of World War II. Pape (1993: 157) was kind enough to highlight one of the more relevant portions from Volume Five (1969) about the Japanese Surrender for us:

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The Sparklet System has a pressurized radon gas cartridge so you could have delicious, refreshing, and healthful radon water any time!


HT @LucyJane_Santos for the picture of the radon bulbs.
The Sparklets water system had your choice of CO2 OR delicious radon gas cartridges!

ht @rrgeorge for the first image advertising the benefits of radon gas in your water.

Pic 2 is an ad for the CO2 bulbs. Pic 3 is mine at the @nuclearmuseum.
There were a DISTRESSINGLY LARGE number of commercially sold systems for invigorating your water with radium, radon, and radioactive energy in the early 1900s.

The “Radium Ore Revigator” was one of the earliest & best known & sold as a “perpetual health spring in the house.”
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