Deborah B wrote:
> This is where the mind really boggles - how in God's earth Tebbits
> remain so hard hearted even after meeting someone like Takahashi.
> much like Robert Oppenheimer who reportedly never apologized even
> visited Japan and addressed the Japanese people in the years
> war. The excellent biography of Oppie, "American Prometheus", also
> clear that Japan was defeated well before the nukes were dropped,
> in the military brass knew it, but there just had to be a
> conducted on a large city to justify the Manhattan Project - so all
> hoopla about the bombing being necessary in order to avoid a land
> of Japan and saving thousands of GI lives was just that.
It seems to me that those guys crept into their soul-cocoons,
justifying their complicity forever because they recognized that the
alternative could jeopardize their sanity. This included Harry Truman,
who defended his decision (made during a poker game btw) until he died
in the early seventies.
Take the case of Claude Eatherly, the pilot who gave the go-ahead
signal to Tebbits at the tender age of 20, who was struck later by
terrible pangs of conscience when he realized what he had been a part
of -- the man who was decorated for heroism while he wanted to be
punished for a war crime, began sending money to Hiroshima, held up
banks without taking any money, just to get himself arrested and
punished, who was picked up and locked up by the military and declared
insane -- Peter Normann Waage wrote an essay about this guy entitled
Perhaps we'll get back to Eatherly later.
> And here we stand today with Bush threatening to nuke Iran.
Oh yes, he was stopped a few years ago by a handful of generals
threatening to resign if Bush didn't take the nuclear option off the
table, so he did -- but it didn't stop Truman when a handful of
generals left the meeting in protest when the nuking of Japan was
> musing, these people need to be put on an island somewhere...alone,
With sticks and stones and with no access to technology beyond the
invention of fire and the wheel. No electricity! If they try to build
electric, we'll invade the island and destroy their fun, and we'll zap
them with Star Trek phasers in stun mode.