Saturday, August 9, 2014

Was Dropping "The Bomb" the Right Thing to Do?

Let me say at the outset of this post that I'm unsure of my position on this topic: when I read one side I become supportive of that view only to seriously question it once I've read the other side's position.  So I'm definitely not making a stance here with this article; it's just an excellent article,  very thought-provoking and, given that today is the 59th anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing, I thought it warranted a Saturday OLS post. Here are the introductory paragraphs:

"The use of the atomic bomb, with its indiscriminate killing of women and children, revolts my soul," he wrote. "The only difference between this and the use of gas (which President Franklin D. Roosevelt had barred as a first-use weapon in World War II) is the fear of retaliation."
Those harsh words, written three days after the Hiroshima bombing in August, 1945, were not by a man of the American left, but rather by a very prominent conservative -- former President Herbert Hoover, a foe of the New Deal and Fair Deal.