Monday, August 07, 2006

Hiroshima 61st Anniversary

Thanks Harry Truman for dropping the A Bomb on Hiroshima. I have never been a fan of President Harry Truman but he made the right decision in dropping that bomb on Japan 61 years ago this last Sunday!

As horrible as it was it would have been much worse if the United State had to invade Japan to end WWII. Experts calculate there would have been a million deaths in taking the island of Japan.

It would have made Iwo Jima and Tarawa look like a picnics compared to the toll of taking the Japanese homeland. There would have been the deaths of Japanese men women and children in their fanatical defense of their homeland without even considering the solders, marines and sailors who would have died.

Today all over the United States there are men dyeing at home surrounded by their children and grandchildren who would not have lived had we not dropped that bomb. They would not have lived and had those children. My wife is one. Her father was in the United States Army in WWII. His hair turned from red to gray fighting up the boot of Italy. He then returned to Texas and volunteered to take the place of another man who was to be sent to the Pacific in preparation for the landings on Japan. I have read his letters he sent home hinting at where he was going. They are very haunting. His life after the war was far from perfect but he produced a son who is a PHD and a daughter who is my wife and the mother of my children. Thanks Harry Truman for making a difficult decision.