I've been looking up some online stats about Japan's murderous campaigns against civilians and I'm wondering whether the tens of thousands of slaughtered Chinese, Korean, Phillipino, Burmese and Malay peoples would counter the topic question without much preamble, let alone consider any Western revisionism, with "Did we deserve the Japanese?" I don't see how the people in countries unaffected directly by Japan's extraordinary brutalities towards unarmed, helpless civilian populations - mass rapes, the live burials of Chinese, the jolly japes of seeing who could behead the most in the shortest time (extra innings, chaps!) - can offer up a judgment on whether Japan's own civilians should have been nuked. But, however one might rationalise suicide pilots, over-deferential obedience to authority, etc., nothing can rationalise the Japanese forces' apparent enjoyment of the suffering of the people they overran. When the British and Americans went into the horrors of Nazi concentration and extermination camps, what was their reaction? To run amok, gunning down all the locals, bayoneting their babies and raping their girls? No, of course it wasn't. And yet, without any provocation at all, invading Japanese troops did just that, over and over again. If the A-bombs did one thing, whether this was intended or not, it rained down retribution - a civilian for a civilian, if you will. A gesture probably applauded by the Chinese who'd suffered hideously during the Sino-Japanese war and again during WWII. I can't say that Japanese civilians 'deserved' to be killed by nuclear blasts, but I can say that the civilians butchered by the Japanese - sometimes, let's not forget, for sheer fun and sport - didn't 'deserve' to die, either. The Japanese imposed some of the most appallingly sadistic cruelties upon captives - one has only to read a little about their live and unanaesthetised vivisection, amputation and 'medical' experiments (which made Dr Mengele look like Dr Seuss), to know that one was not dealing with a straightforward warrior enemy. Any notions of honourable, Samurai-like behaviour was ripped to shreds by their actions.