Never forget decisions on bombing

Never forget decisions on bombing

There are 3 comments on the Myrtle Beach Online story from Aug 5, 2008, titled Never forget decisions on bombing. In it, Myrtle Beach Online reports that:

Sixty-three years ago today, we used the ultimate weapon of mass destruction, dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.

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Jebadiah Locklear

Columbia, SC

#1 Aug 6, 2008
I have seen documentaries on the bombings and yes, they were horrendous. seeing footage of children with there faces peeled off and burned, and women walking around like zombies holding their dead children. but we need to be clear on a few things here.......

1. Japan started it. they attacked us when we were not at war. hundreds of US military died on the bottom of Pearl Harbor, never having any kind of chance to defend themselves.

2. Japan butchered, raped, and murdered over 9 million innocent Chinese people. This is something that gets less coverage than the Japanese bombing victims. what about all those people who never did a thing to Japan? that number of victims makes the Japanese bombing victim seem pretty insignificant.

also, from what I've heard, Japan was indeed preparing to surrender. but the big "BUT" in that is that the emperor wanted to surrender under HIS terms, mainly, that he would stay in power. nay, I say you commit the kinds of atrocities that he committed, you have no say in what happens to you or your people. he brought the bombs down upon his people.

it should be a goal to not have to use these weapons again. but let's understand, it's always an option. if Iran or some other nation headed by maniacs ever gets nuclear weapons, there WILL be another bombing. so the question becomes, them or us? in fact, it's probably already inevitable since the whack jobs in Pakistan have nuclear weapons.

Laurel, MD

#2 Aug 6, 2008
If Ike thought that Japan had already been defeated why did the military order so many purple heart medals that we are still using the same shipment today?

Olympia, WA

#3 Aug 8, 2008
We should never forget that the Japanese were offering a negotiated surrender prior to the atomic bombings. The Americans refused to negotiate and chose instead to unleash the ultimate weapon against civilian targets. This something which had not been done to the U.S.(Pearl Harbor being a military target) and was a criminal act.

Japan wasn't a democracy. How can we ever excuse punishing a the Japanese people for the actions of their autocratic government? Sadly, the same crime has been committed again and again, in Vietnam, in Cambodia, in Costa Rica, in Guatemala, and most recently in Iraq.

How long before we learn to do what is right? Will we commit the same crime against the people of Iran?

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