Saturday, August 06, 2005

U.S. Dropped Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima 60 Years Ago Today

Sixty years ago today, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan near the end of World War II. The resulting devastation of Hiroshima and the devastation of Nagasaki 3 days later caused Japan to surrender. Without the 2 atomic bombs, Japan would not have surrendered, and the U.S. would have had to invade Japan.

It was estimated that the U.S. would have lost 1 million men in an invasion. My father was scheduled to be in the invasion force. So I for one am glad that the U.S. used the atomic bomb on Japan and that the invasion became unnecessary. Otherwise, like millions of other Americans living today, I might never have been born.

Let us also remember that Japan started the war with a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. One lesson from Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima is that you can start a war more easily than you can control its course and outcome.

We all hope that no one ever again suffers the tremendous death and destruction caused by a single nuclear bomb.


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