Re: Japan, US, Russians
- From: "Michele" <don'tspammeatall@xxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2009 10:25:24 -0500
"Steven Schmid" <schmid.2@xxxxxx> ha scritto nel messaggio
As I recall, the Russian offensive started the day that the Hiroshima bomb
dropped. The Japanese surrender had nothing to do with the Russian
declaration of war.
Actually it was a factor they mentioned.
However, as I recall, the Japanese government was putting
out feelers through the Russians to facilitate surrender, and those
may or may not have been forwarded to the west.
The messages were not forwarded - but the USA read them anyway. They
intercepted and decripted the correspondence between Tokyo and the Japanese
ambassador in Moscow.
So they knew perfectly well that what the Japanese were putting forth were
not "peace feelers" at all, as they are incorrectly described by uninformed
persons today. What the Japanese were trying to do was to set up a top-level
meeting with the Soviets. The Soviets asked what they would be talking
about, and notwithstanding the pressure by the Japanese ambassador onto his
superiors, the Japanese government couldn't come up with a preliminary
proposal for a general settlement. What they came up with were bilateral
agreements _with the Soviets_. In other words, they were thinking about
possible ways to decouple the Soviets from the rest of the Allies, the same
sort of wishful thinking the Germans entertained at times in the later
stages of the war. These are not "peace feelers" at all.
And the US decision makers knew this, as they were reading the mail. They
knew the Japanese were not going to sue for peace.
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