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  • jmn36210
    Tom wrote: Enola spelled backwards is Alone. ... attention? :-) Too bad you just didn t elaborate on that... It s like you were standing in for the
    Message 1 of 6 , Nov 3, 2007
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      Tom wrote:
      "Enola spelled backwards is Alone."
      Hey kiddy, trying to impress the class and get the teacher's attention?  :-)
      Too bad you just didn't elaborate on that...
      It's like you were standing in for the ape in *2001 A Space Odyssey* --- but
      forgot to send that bone twirling up in the air... :-)
      Now, how is the show supposed to go on?
      Are you perhaps afraid of being relegated from Anthro-list quarterback to
      sissy cheerleader on account of such a decisive gesture? :-)
      Just a dumb frog croaking :-)



      --- In anthroposophy@yahoogroups.com, "tmasthenes13" <TomBuoyed@...> wrote:
      > --- In anthroposophy_tomorrow@yahoogroups.com, "tmasthenes13"
      > TomBuoyed@ wrote:
      > On this day of All Hallows, we note the passing of Paul Tibbetts, the
      > pilot of the B-29 bomber that dropped "Little Boy" on Hiroshima. His
      > plane was named Enola Gay, after his mother.
      > Enola spelled backwards is Alone.
      > AP Story:
      > http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21578185/g.
      > Editor & Publisher article copied below where Tibbetts recounts
      > meeting 40 years later with the director of the Hiroshima Memorial
      > Museum, a man who was a child in Hirosima that fateful morning.
      > http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003667044
      > On the Death of 'Hiroshima Bomb' Pilot Paul Tibbets
      > By Greg Mitchell
      > Published: November 01, 2007 4:10 PM ET
      > NEW YORK A bulletin topping news sites this afternoon announces the
      > passing of Paul W. Tibbets, pilot of the plane, the "Enola Gay" (named
      > for his mother), which dropped the atomic bomb over Hiroshima on
      > August 6, 1945. Tibbets was 92, and defended the bombing to to the end
      > of his life. Some of the obits note that he had requested no funeral
      > or headstone for his grave, not wishing to create an opportunity for
      > protestors to gather.
      > I had a chance to interview Tibbets more than 20 years ago, and wrote
      > about it for several newspapers and magazines and in the book I wrote
      > with Robert Jay Lifton, "Hiroshima in America."
      > The hook for the interview was this: While spending a month in Japan
      > on a grant in 1984, I met a man named Akihiro Takahashi. He was one of
      > the many child victims of the atomic attack, but unlike most of them,
      > he survived (though with horrific burns and other injuries), and grew
      > up to become a director of the memorial museum in Hiroshima. The
      > August 6 bombing led to the deaths of at least 75,000 people in a
      > flash and at least that many more in the days and years that followed.
      > At least 90% of them were civilians, mainly women and children.
      > Takahashi had showed me personal letters to and from Tibbets, which
      > had led to a remarkable meeting between the two elderly men in
      > Washington, D.C. At that recent meeting, Takahashi said he expressed
      > forgiveness, admitted Japan's aggression and cruelty in the war, and
      > then pressed Tibbets for some acknowledgement that the indiscriminate
      > bombing of civilians was wrong.
      > He told me that the pilot was non-commital on that, although Tibbets
      > admitted that wars were a very bad idea in the nuclear age. Takahashi
      > he swore he saw a tear in the corner of one of Tibbets' eyes.
      > So I called Tibbets at his office at Executive Jet Aviation in
      > Columbus, and in surprisingly short order, he got on the horn. He
      > confirmed the meeting with Takahashi and most of the details but
      > scoffed at the notion of shedding any tears over the bombing.
      > "I've got a standard answer on that," he informed me. "I felt nothing
      > about it….I couldn't worry about the people getting burned up down
      > there on the ground. …This wasn't anything personal as far as I'm
      > concerned , so I had no personal part in it….It wasn't my decision to
      > make morally, one way or another…I did what I was told -- it was a
      > success as far as I was concerned, and that's where I've left it…I can
      > assure you that I can sleep just as peacefully at night as anybody can
      > sleep…."
      > In fact, he said, President Truman had instructed him not to lose any
      > sleep over it at a meeting at the White House after the bombing.
      > Indeed, Tibbets had acted in a consistent manner for decades, even
      > while sometimes traveling under an assumed name to avoid scrutiny.
      > After the war he called Hiroshima and Nagasaki "good virgin targets"
      > (they had been virtually untouched by pre-atomic air raids) and ideal
      > for "bomb damage studies." In 1976, he re-enacted the Hiroshima
      > mission at an air show in Texas, with a smoke bomb set off to simulate
      > a mushroom cloud. He intended to do it again elsewhere, but
      > internatinal protests forced a cancellation.
      > In an appendix to "Hiroshima in America," we recalled Tibbets role as
      > a paid consultant to the 1953 Hollywood movie, "Above and Beyond,"
      > with Robert Taylor in the pilot role. In the key scene, after
      > releasing the bomb and watching the city go up in flames below, Taylor
      > radios in a strike report. "Results good," he says. Then he repeats
      > it, bitterly and with grim irony.
      > But that was not in the Tibbets-approved original script for the film.
      > It was added later, presumably to show that the men who dropped the
      > bomb recognized the tragic nature of their mission.
      > Tibbets criticized the scene when the film came out.
      > ------------------------------------------------------
      > Greg Mitchell (gmitchell@) is editor. He is the
      > former editor of Nuclear Times. A collection of his columns about Iraq
      > and the media will be published by Union Square Press in March.
      > --- End forwarded message ---

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