The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, December 02, 2015 5:53 am


Atom bombs stopped unnecessary deaths

I read the Aug. 6 article from Thomas L. Knapp. The article implied that America, by dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, was guilty of a terrorist act.

I could not disagree more. He states that the invasion of Japan was expected to cost upward of 1 million Allied (mostly American) military casualties. He then writes that President Harry S. Truman ordered the murder (I would call it casualties) of up to 250,000 Japanese civilians. I would like to ask him, if he were in Truman’s position knowing those two estimates, would he have still ordered the invasion which would have caused 750,000 unnecessary casualties? The parents, wives, family, fiancees, and children of those 1 million Allied casualties would probably disagree with him.

As Gen. Willaim Tecumseh Sherman said during the Civil War, "War is hell." Unless you have experienced it, you cannot know the putrid smell and ugly inhumanity of man seen in combat. It is the soldier who knows the price that is paid in military action. Every war has weapons that kill and maim military and civilian personnel. At times it is necessary, although regrettable, that they be used.

On Aug. 8, the Wall Street Journal had an article by Lester Tenney, a POW in a camp about 30 miles from Nagasaki. Tenney says the Japanese units facing invasion were ordered to execute all military and civilian POWs in their custody on Aug. 17, a week after the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. He states, "The bombs took away all the justification for Japan to continue to fight."

No, this was not a terrorist act. I thank God they were dropped to stop even more unnecessary deaths.


Fort Wayne

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