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Why was it necessary for the U.S. to insist on unconditional surrender?
Weegy: Legend holds that Roosevelt surprised Churchill by the sudden announcement, but an agreement to demand unconditional surrender had actually been reached after discussions within the State Department, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, [ and the British Cabinet. With their statement, the Anglo-Americans hoped to reassure Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin that the Western Allies would not seek a separate peace with Germany. The Allies also hoped to prevent any public debate over appropriate surrender terms and, above all, wished to prevent Germans from later claiming that they had not been militarily defeated, as Adolf Hitler did after the 1919 Versailles settlement of World War I. ] (More)
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Unconditional surrender was what the allies had agreed to early in the beginning of WW2. To prevent the allies from making a separate peace the allies agreed that no nation would make a separate peace and only unconditional surrender of the axis powers was acceptable to end hostilities. Since Japan had attacked the USA prior to issuing a Declaration of War the USA was justified in insisting upon unconditional surrender. Once in the alliance with Great Britain and the USSR the US could do not less the insist upon unconditional surrender because that is the terms that the allies agreed upon in 1942.
As Japan I would not have gone to war in the first place.
Sun Tzu - A victorious General wins his battles before he goes to war, a defeated General goes to war then tries to win.

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