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Remembering the Bomb, Forgetting Why

Original post made by ng, Hoover School, on Aug 9, 2008

Dropping the bomb was the right decision.

63 years ago today over the city of Nagasaki a plutonium bomb was used.
Due to some topographical quirks (there were no large hills as in Hiroshima to focus the blast effect), the casualty rate was lower. Still, Fat Man managed to kill more than 40,000 that day and another 40,000 before that fateful year faded into history.

The war with Japan, with its racial overtones on both sides as well as the undeniable cruelty and barbarity by the Japanese military, should have been ended the second it was possible to do so.

Anything less makes the moral arguments surrounding the use of the atomic bomb an exercise in sophistry.

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Posted by Just The Facts
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 9, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Neither of those bombs were meant for Japan, but were destined to be dropped on Germany, only the Germans were defeated before the bombs were completely built.

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Posted by paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 9, 2008 at 4:27 pm

By that time in the war there were no cities left in Germany, they had all been demolished by conventional bombs.

We should have used the bomb against China in the Korean war.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 9, 2008 at 4:45 pm

The Jewish scientific team that promoted and (largely) built the U.S. A-bomb were, mostly, opposed to it being used against Japan. They got behind the effort to block Hitler, not to defeat Japan.

Happily, the U.S. military ignored their pleas to avoid using it against Japan. Only leftist revisionist historians, like Barton Bernstein (at Stanford), think that the casulaties of a conventional invasion of the Japnese home islands would be moderate, compared to the A-bomb. Sane people know the truth.

The atomic bomb should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, considering how many massive convential wars have been prevented by threat of its use. Ike threatened its use to end the Korean War...that's why the hostilities were ended by China.

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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 10, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Ultimately people become good when bad no longer pays.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 10, 2008 at 3:47 pm

"Ultimately people become good when bad no longer pays."

They don't, necessarily, become good...they just stop acting bad. Good enough.

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