I don't come down on either side here. I am a coward, and would not have wanted
to be in Truman's place. I believe the bomb may have shortened the war, but I'm
also tempted by the arguments of those who argue otherwise. But to be the first
to use that cosmic technology against our fellow man.... It's the old myth of
Prometheus and Pandora's box -- or, if I can overdramatize a bit to make a point,
the moral dilemma Eve was place in. It's an awful thing. (as in "awe-full").
Gary Smith wrote:
> We had gone through 5 years of war, with our allies having gone through
> more. Japan was enslaving the peoples of China and Korea, using the women
> for all kinds of unspeakable things. Japan tortured our American soldiers
> they captured. 20 million Russian allies died because of Hitler. Hitler
> had slaughtered 6 million Jews. Millions of soldiers had died on all
> fronts. We wanted the war to end. I mean, Germany had surrendered, and
> Japan insisted on continuing the fight they had started.
> Although it is a shame we had to do it, Japan was not serious about
> surrender until we dropped the bomb. Had we invaded the island, we would
> have been fighting in the streets of Tokyo, where millions would have
> ended up casualties in order to protect the emperor.
> K'aya K'ama,
> Gerald/gary Smith gszion1 @juno.com http://www
> "No one is as hopelessly enslaved as the person who thinks he's free." -
> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
> Perhaps you're right, but I still fail to see how the United States
> maintained the moral high ground by bombing civilians. I think a
> "demonstration" about 5 miles offshore might have accomplished the same
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