Thursday, August 15, 2002

I liked this from the wonderfully-named Assume the Position.

Lynxx Pherrett beats some sense into revisionist history that wants to portray the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki not only unnecessary, but racist. In an interview with Brigadier General Paul Tibbets, Ret., who piloted the Enola Gay and dropped Little Boy on Hiroshima, we learn the interesting news that
My edict was as clear as could be. Drop simultaneously in Europe and the Pacific because of the secrecy problem - you couldn't drop it in one part of the world without dropping it in the other.

and this:
Racism exists, but it wasn't a racist decision to use the atomic bombs on Japan just because they weren't used on Germany. Germany surrendered in May 1945, the first successful atomic bomb test was July 16th, 1945, and Little Boy destroyed Hiroshima about three weeks after that test. If the Manhattan Project had gone faster, atomic bombs might have been dropped on both German and Japanese cities.

Doesn't fit in neatly to the "kill the yellow devils" scenario, does it?

Pherrett carefully explains the difference between conditional and unconditional surrender, the latter being the only acceptable ending to the war started by the Japanese.

Given the possibility of nuclear strike and counter strike against Iraq, historical accuracy is assuming greater importance.

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