Celebrating the Bomb that Ended WWII
On August 6, 1945, the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay, piloted by Col. Paul Tibbets, dropped the uranium bomb “Little Boy” on
60th anniversary documentaries tend to show
Revisionists argue that Japan was on the verge of surrender – even actively seeking to surrender – and that America dropped the bomb anyway, perhaps merely as a show of force to intimidate the Soviets.
Declassified Ultra intercepts from the last days of the war now reveal that Japan had no intention of surrendering unconditionally, and that the Japanese hoped to make a land invasion so costly to the US that we would be forced to settle for peace terms that would have preserved Japan’s militaristic old order.
We now know too that Operation Olympic, the land invasion of
Americans have a natural tendency to feel sorry for people, even bad people. They also have a tendency to forget. We must remember that you win wars by killing the enemy. We must also remember that we were fighting one of the most cruel, brutal, bestial regimes the world had ever known. (See Arnold Brackman’s The Other Nuremberg). The final and total destruction of this regime by means of atomic weapons is an achievement in which Americans can take pride.
The aggressor nation obviously bears the responsibility for the damage it suffers – just as if someone rear-ends you on the highway, the damage to his own car is his fault. If the Japanese were not prepared to accept the consequences of war, they should not have started one.
In a few days, on August 15, we will celebrate the 60th anniversary of VJ day – victory over