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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Hiroshima and Nagasaki

There's an email making the rounds comparing Hiroshima and Detroit. It chronicles how Hiroshima went from an atomic wasteland to a modern city while Detroit went from being an industrial powerhouse to an urban wasteland. It turns out that the photos of "Hiroshima" are actually photos of modern Yokohama. Regardless, Hiroshima is a modern, thriving city:

While Detroit is a wasteland:

Ironically, it was Democrats that destroyed both cities. In Detroit's case, it took fifty years instead of fifty seconds. I guess the expansion of bureaucracy slowed things down quite a bit.

As for Hiroshima and Nagasaki, even though Japan was beaten and willing to negotiate a surrender, Truman decided to drop The Bomb on them.


You can argue the morality of this forever but the lesson is this: when you start a war, any consideration or compassion from the people you attacked, for your people , is forfeit.

Estimates for the number of American lives saved by The Bomb vary from two hundred thousand to one million. I don't care if the number was one, I'd rather see one American soldier come home at the expense of thousands of enemy civilians than send a million of our troops into a meat grinder.

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