Attention On Deck: Enola Gay pilot deserved a hero's farwell
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Former Army Air Force pilot Colonel Paul Tibbets, whose B-29 Superfortress bomber dropped the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan, that instantly vaporized thousands and initiated the nuclear age, passed away ... via Door County AdvocateFull Story
#1 Jan 12, 2008
Tibbets was no hero, nor was he a villain. He was simply one American combat soldier amongst millions doing his job.
In his Pulitzer Prize-winning history of the development of the atomic bomb ("The Making of the Atomic Bomb"), Richard Rhodes graphs the per capita number of people killed in wars before and after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, and shows unequivocally that a major downturn transpired in the half century following the atomic bombings. What Tibbets did was to demonstrate to the world what future global conflicts could look like. As Rhodes points out, no deterrent in history has worked like the nuclear deterrent. Itís an irony that 200,000 Japanese people died in the bombings to save the future lives of millions.
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