In a few days the usual “outrage” for the “war crime” of dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima will begin to wend its way around the world.
That narrative grows stronger each year – mostly because of the death of the generation that fought the war in the Pacific and because the narrative continues to be fueled by a need for moral preening and fact free opinion that doesn’t ever seem to die out.
My father was one of those who fought through the Pacific war. His bonafides were Saipan, Leyte and Okinawa. He was a recon guy. And following Okinawa, his next job was going to be the recon of the landing sites on Kyushu, the big southernmost island on what was considered the Japanese “mainland”. Operation Downfall. To be opposed by the Japanese “Ketsu Go” in defense of the Japanese home.
My dad never talked much about the war, but I remember the first time I brought up Hiroshima and the bomb and how many people it killed. He didn’t waste much time on niceties, but turned his hard eyes on me and said, to both me and my two brothers, “if we hadn’t dropped that bomb, you and your bothers wouldn’t be here. And a lot of your friends wouldn’t be here. Because I wouldn’t have come back from the war and neither would have their dads.”
That was it. He had no sympathy for the apologists. He felt they were making their case in a contextless and ignorant way. They didn’t know the facts, they hadn’t fought the enemy all the way across the Pacific and they hadn’t the foggiest notion of the mind of the enemy he had fought. So he dismissed their criticism out of hand.
Bill Whittle had a similar experience as you’ll see in this video. What Whittle does, however, is muster facts to make the argument that backed what my Dad had said all those many years ago. He points out why it was both necessary and prudent to do what was done and how, in the end, it probably saved literally millions of lives.
Watch it. Understand why Jon Stewart, who is featured in the video, is essentially ignorant and, frankly, stupid when he calls Harry Truman a “war criminal”. And when the anniversary of this comes around on August 6th, be armed with these facts and do the generation that is all but gone a favor – dispute those that are historically ignorant and feel the urge to do a little moral preening to the detriment of those that fought and won that war.
Don’t let them get away with their moral preening and don’t let them ignore the facts for the narrative. The decision to drop these bombs was hard, but it was right. And it is the sort of decision none of those who stroke their own vanity by claiming the moral superiority of the present have ever or will ever be called upon to make.
All I have to day is “thank you” to those who made this tough but just decision.
Thank you for my life.