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There were many decisions made by the allies that have great moral implications and it can be argued they were wrong.

For example, we had broken German codes. If some of the information that was known from this had been relayed to some units of our armed forces, undoubtedly casualties could have minimized in some operations. A deliberate decision was often made not to relay this information because it might have signaled to the Germans that their codes were broken. Dresden, Germany was the victim of a huge firebombing campaign that killed thousands of innocent noncombatants right at the end of the war. By February of 1945, it was clear the allies were on the verge of winning the war. Japan was virtually on its knees in July of 1945 when we dropped the atomic bombs.

We have the benefit of hindsight though. The people at the time did not. It wasn't known that the war in Europe would end in April of 1945 when Dresden was bombed. It wasn't known that relaying information obtained from German codes to our armed forces probably would not lengthen the war or increase overall casualties. On the other hand, it was correctly assumed that if the atomic bombs were not used that the Japanese would go on fighting even if the Japanese mainland was invaded.

General MacArthur had reasons for making the deal he did to get the information from Unit 731. Right or wrong, he made a judgment call and our country stood by it.
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