At 05:33 AM 11/9/2002 -0700, Steven wrote:
Stephen,This is an excellent question. The rationale at the time was that a "demonstration" of nuclear power would also demonstrate an unwillingness to use that power against people - thus negating its effectiveness. It was obviously a difficult decision either way. I find it hard to support second quessing the men who had to make it without our 50 years of hindsight.
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 purpose.
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