Thursday, August 6, 2015

DROPPING THE ATOMIC BOMB:  Right or Wrong?

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WE HAVE GRASPED THE MYSTERY OF THE ATOM AND REJECTED THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT - Robert G. Torricelli

THE WAY TO WIN AN ATOMIC WAR IS TO MAKE SURE IT NEVER STARTS - Omar Bradley


CREW OF THE ENOLA GAY
Dropped The First Atomic Bomb
Seventy years ago today the crew of the superfortress bomber named Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan in an effort to win World War II.  Eighty thousand Japanese were killed.  A week later a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.  Since that day the world has asked if it was the right thing to do.  My answer is an unequivocal "YES".

THE ATOMIC BOMB IS HERE TO STAY BUT ARE WE - Bennett Cerf


Japan started the war with the United States with a cowardly but successful attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941.   There were 2,403 Americans killed and another 1,178 wounded. There was nearly simultaneous attacks on the U.S. held Territories of the Philippines, Guam and Wake Island as well as attacks on the British Empire in Malaya, Singapore and Hong Kong.  The Netherlands were also attacked in Southeast Asia.  The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor Japan declared war.  While extremely successful at first, the war turned against Japan at the Battle of Midway  only six months after Pearl Harbor.


MOST KIDS CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY A COUNTRY THAT MAKES ATOMIC BOMBS WOULD BAN FIREWORKS - E. C. McKenzie


ADM. ISOROKU YAMAMOTO
Admiral Isoroku Yamakoto, 1884-1943, was the Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy.   He said "In the first six to twelve months of war with the United States and Great Britain I will run wild with victory after victory.  But, then, if the war continues after that, I have no expectation of success".

The Japanese had a very strong belief in BUSHIDO.  They were fighting for their country.  They were the aggressors in World War II.

WE OWE OUR WORLD WAR II VETERANS--ALL VETERANS--A DEBT WE CAN NEVER REPAY - Doc Hastings


In 1945, the United Nations issued the POTSDAM PROCLAMATION calling for an unconditional Japanese surrender.  Japan responded to the call for surrender by closing all schools, mobilized it's school children, armed the civilian population, fortified caves and built underground defenses.   Japan said it would never surrender.  Kamakase pilots had sunk 32 Allied ships at the Battle of Okinawa and damaged many others.  Unknown to Allied intelligence, the Japanese had 12,725 suicide planes ready for the invasion of Japan.

WAR IS HELL - William Tecumseh Sherman


Operation DOWNFALL called for the invasion of Japan.  On the first phrase, OPERATION OLYMPIC on Kyushu, the Southern most of the Japanese home land, Admiral William Leahy estimated that 250,000 would be lost on the beach landing.  It was clear that on Japanese soil American forces would face the most rugged and fanatical defense of the entire war.  The second phase would be against a million Japanese defenders.  Losses would be in the millions on both sides.





WEAKNESS AND AMBIVALENCE LEAD TO WAR - George W. Bush


JAPANESE SURRENDER
 The atomic bombings which destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, saved millions of lives overall.  Japan surrendered aboard the battle ship, USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.  WAS USING THE ATOMIC BOMBS RIGHT OR WRONG?  Let me give you the answer from some one who was there.  My brother Ray, a machine gunner, was one of the thousands of troops bound for the invasion of Japan.  He was just west of Hawaii when the war ended.


HOWEVER JUST THE CAUSE, WE SHOULD MOURN FOR ALL THAT IS LOST WHEN WAR CLAIMS ITS WAGES FROM US - John McCain


T5 RAY PIERCE SAID IT WAS RIGHT!
HE WOULD KNOW


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MAY GOD KEEP US FREE AND SAFE

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

People forget history all too quickly. I'm glad to read it here!