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WAR: Begging to differ about A-bombs

Letter by William J. Bender, Puyallup on Aug. 11, 2010 at 1:58 pm with 13 Comments »
August 11, 2010 3:12 pm

I take exception to the thrust of M. (Morf) Morford’s column (TNT, 8-9).

He writes: “Aug. 6 and 9 (1945) changed the rules of war. We left behind the front lines and brought the battle to the playground, the local neighborhood, and the city center.”

Wrong. The rules of war did not change, but the conduct of modern warfare changed, and it was well before the atom bomb. German bombing of cities in the 1936 Spanish civil war, the horrific Japanese rape of Nanking in 1937, the London blitz by Germany, the Allied bombing of Dresden and the U.S. firebombing of Tokyo are all examples of taking the war to the civilian populace.

He writes: “Yes, we ‘won’ the war, but are safer? Is the world a better place by definition? Or have we struck a Faustian bargain none of us can live with?”

Of course the world is a better place. Half the world is not ruled by a totalitarian Germany, and the other half is free from the rule of the Empire of Japan. If Morford feels he was part of a deal with the devil, that is his choice, but that doesn’t include all of us. I sleep quite well knowing we “won” the war – the war which was not of our choosing.

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  1. iamjimbo says:

    Well said William… it will fall on deaf ears.
    There’s actually people that believe there’s not much daylight between modern Christianity and the taliban… for real. Sad, I know.

  2. You got that right jimmy. The Christians are way behind on the beheadings, bombings, and crashings of planes.

  3. iamjimbo says:

    But wait… who said this… “No one ever said their methods weren’t extreme, jim. But coercion exists in many forms, and any time a minority attempts to inflict its religious( insert communist) convictions upon the majority, it’s wrong.” But “there’s not much daylight between Christianity and the …”

    … and who is she apologizing for? Kooky… I know… but these folks are among us.

  4. iamjimbo says:

    It’s worth repeating…

  5. Roncella says:

    William your letter says it all, very well put and should be understood by most folks who read it.

  6. It IS worth repeating iam, because it reflects just how insidious the drive is to rewrite America so that we are a country Michelle Obama can finally be proud of.

    Most of us are quite proud of our country, warts and all, because there is no better place on earth to live.

  7. The “They’re all alike” moral equivalency types are willfully ignorant, because controversy through stupidity can generate attention, and attention is good for
    (and by the way, while you’re here) sales. I don’t know if Morf and his ‘caliber’ of those who refuse to think things through are paid clowns or just plain clowns…

  8. While the firebombing of Dresden could be argued to be worse of a tragedy than Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the fact remains that those two bombs were the first and only A-bombs dropped in warfare – and they were dropped on a civilian population – and the US did it.

  9. Yes beerboy, they were the first and only A-Bombs dropped, but using the same math that Obama uses on jobs created and “saved”, how many lives were saved by not invading Japan?

  10. We know how many were killed by the bombs – how many lives were saved is pure speculation.

  11. iamjimbo says:

    … likes j.o.b.s.

    huh B.

  12. iamjimbo says:

    … that’s a 3 letter word according Joe (stand up Chuck) Biden.

  13. iamjimbo, I feel like saying that to beerboy too, (stand up beerboy!). Hey, someone out there, help him stand up!!

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