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Hiroshima And Nagasaki

It’s been a few days since the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima (followed 3 days later by a similar bombing of Nagasaki).  The Japanese surrendered 24 days later.

trumpetAnd much of the media is playing the apologist’s trumpet:  Oh, the poor Japanese!  We could have won the war without using such a horrible weapon!  It was actually a ploy to demonstrate to the Soviets we mean business!  The U.S. is the only nation to have actually used THE BOMB! The United States should have been tried for war crimes!

Neglecting to mention (of course) that it was the Japanese who started the whole bloody thing.  They were trying to capture the whole Far East to obtain raw materials and slave labor to further enrich their Empire.

And to divide the World into their half and the German Nazi half.

Why don’t those who decry American actions remember the Bataan Death March, or the Rape of Nanking?  The Philippines?  Or even Pearl Harbor?  Or consider how many hundreds of thousands on both sides would have perished if we had been forced to invade Japan?

We, as a nation, are allowed, no OBLIGATED, to defend ourselves and our allies!  (see what treaties get us into, moral obligations aside?)

The trumpeter is (in my view) the same as the appeaser.

Certainly, it’s easy to Monday-morning-quarterback our actions after the fact.  And now that we took Japan and converted her into an industrial superpower (as we did with war-torn Germany), and made them allies, we are told this is not enough.

Because the people who wanted to appease the Japanese Empire and The German National Socialist State are the same people who want us to pay some kind of reparations in perpetuity.

Because they view The United States as just as bad, or worse.

And these same folks want us to bend over backwards to appease the Islamic Fundamentalists.

Because they hate war so much they’d rather live (or die) under an oppressive regime then fight for liberty.

“Better Red Than Dead” – remember that?

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”  – Winston S. Churchill

 

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About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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5 thoughts on “Hiroshima And Nagasaki

  1. Revisionist history strikes again… sigh

    Posted by Old NFO | August 9, 2015, 7:55 am
  2. Dropping the bomb was a terrible thing. But, the US had nothing but terrible options from which to choose. As you say, Monday-morning quarterbacking is always so much easier….
    I think it is natural that there be a certain amount of questioning about our actions (no matter what avenue was chosen). Certainly, we have learned from the experience, and that’s a good thing.
    So have the Japanese.
    When I went to the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, there were almost as many Japanese as Americans. All the signs, literature, and tour guides are available in both. Many of them bring flowers to lay at the memorial.
    What I find much more troubling than any sense of our guilt, is the rising movement in Japan to stop their own war guilt.
    There is a growing nationalist party that complains their history has been written by the US, the victors, and the Japanese side of the story has been unfairly vilified.
    They want to change their constitution to allow for more than self-defense in their military.
    As the last of the WW2 generation disappears, I expect that more of this talk will take place…..

    Posted by tomiarthistorian | August 9, 2015, 9:14 am
    • A horrible thing.
      “What I find much more troubling than any sense of our guilt, is the rising movement in Japan to stop their own war guilt.”
      Indeed.
      The Japanese are just now beginning to acknowledge the torture and violations of the so-called ‘Rules of War’.
      Their nationalism, and horrible racism, continue. Even against their own people, i.e. decrying the great hairy Northerners and those who are crippled.
      No nation was, or is perfect.
      I think they (and we) must continue to look inward to amend our own characters, lest we repeat history.

      Posted by guffaw1952 | August 9, 2015, 9:42 am
  3. I just marked a wordy comment as SPAM, as it suggested I was pro war, using the argument I promote views of anti-abortion on this blog, but ignore the U.S. fire/carpet/nuclear bombing, which in their view are war crimes. The comment also suggested I could be a member of the church of Satin (their spelling).
    For the record, I am not pro war, but am pro defense of our Republic and other innocent nations, against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Especially totalitarian, statist enemies.
    And, also for the record, I am not a member of any church – even if it is misspelled.

    Posted by guffaw1952 | August 10, 2015, 7:46 am

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