Saturday, August 8, 2015


I am a combat vet.  I know the kill or be killed mentality - I had it.   I was willing to kill women, children, old, young... if they posed a danger.  Kill'em all and let God sort it our.    Fortunately the necessity did not occur.

But: it doesn't make it right.

Between Hiroshima and Nagasaki the death tole of civilians - women, children, old people, babies, fathers, mothers, noncombatants - is estimated at 420,000 - nearly a half-million. 
And no birds sang!
We can't justify that.
Dropping these bombs was a crime against humanity...we get to write the history and we have tried to justify our actions - to white wash the carnage by claiming unknowable statistics as justification. There is no justification for mass murder of civilian populations.
the Ol'Buzzard

We cant justify this claiming we are always the good guys. 

What if Germany had had the bomb first and dropped it  on New York and Chicago?   It is a good bet that they would have used the same justification when they wrote the history.  



  1. we were losing the war..period..rather them then us..harsh and not very pagan of me.but my daddy fought in that war..he was in France and Germany..the Japanese were never going to give up..ever..I love you ..and I hate to disagree with you.but rather them than my daddy.

  2. Actually more people were killed in the firebombing of Tokyo than in the atomic blasts. There are several versions of who wanted to surrender to whom and when that it is hard to make sense of any of it. Whether the bombs were necessary or not to end the war in Japan, they did save western Europe from Stalin. Patton and Churchill were right but the Red army would have beaten them and been sitting on the English Channel without the bomb.


COMMENT: Ben Franklin said, "I imagine a man must have a good deal of vanity who believes, and a good deal of boldness who affirms, that all doctrines he holds are true, and all he rejects are false."