August 6, 2010
The Enola Gay, Bockscar and Grandpa Hoosierboy
Chew on that -- 1,000,000 American lives.
Grandpa would claim the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended the war and saved lives, both American and Japanese: and most importantly, his own.
Today marks the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. In sheer numbers more were killed in the fire bombings of Dresden or Hamburg. More damage was done to Tokyo during the bombing raid of 9-10 of March 1944 when 16 square miles of the city was destroyed and more than 100,000 people lost their lives.
Yet there are some who are appalled that the US used the atomic bomb. Today marks the first time in 65 years that an American representative will attend the ceremonies at Hiroshima. Some have speculated that Ambassador Roos' visit is a precursor to President Obama's visit to Japan later this year. Some experts believe Obama will offer a formal apology for using the "bomb" on Japan.
Me, I think my position is more akin to that of President Truman. He was asked if he was sorry for dropping the bomb. Truman replied he had not yet heard an apology for Pearl Harbor.
The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki resulted in tens of thousands of young men living a full life, raising families, building America into the greatest nation on Earth.
I can live with that.