Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hiroshima Was Necessary

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hiroshima Was Necessary

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Those "heroes" and "heroines" of the '60s never saw a cause worth fighting for or a war worth winning. They have now delivered the final insult. As the anniversary of the end of World War II approaches, they are reaching back a generation and demeaning their parents' sacrifice, patriotism and decisiveness, saying there was no need and no excuse for dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Even The Washington Post was offended by a purely propagandistic program narrated by Peter Jennings on ABC. Reviewer Ken Ringle called it "an ingenue's stroll down the narrow tunnels of academic revisionism with only occasional intimations that larger truths may lie outside."

Ringle critiqued the portrayal of President Harry Truman - popular these days among the revisionists - as "an intellectual and moral dwarf, propelled by ambitious militarists and politicians to a nuclear slaughter of the innocents."

The real intellectual and moral dwarfs are those who can't see beyond their own comfort and for whom sacrifice was sitting still long enough to listen to a lecture from their parents about why they should love their country.

There is nothing on television and too little in the history books about a decade of Japanese aggression in Asia and the numerous atrocities committed by Japanese soldiers before the United States entered the war to stop them. Nothing about death marches or beheadings of prisoners and many other violations of the Geneva Convention's mandate on the treatment of POWs. And then there was Pearl Harbor, which became a rallying cry for those then alive and those yet to come, not to forget. How soon they actually did forget.

Thankfully, Parade magazine last Sunday published a story by former Navy Secretary James Webb, who interviewed retired Air Force Gen. Chuck Sweeney. Sweeney was the only pilot on both atomic bomb runs.

He dismisses the revisionist contention that the bombs weren't necessary (pointing out that numerous firebomb attacks - which killed nearly as many as the nuclear bombs would later do - had failed to persuade the Japanese to surrender). …

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