Sunday, September 11, 2011

Never Again

Tonight I watched the History Channel as it re-broadcast the ghastly events of 9/11/2001. It was horrifying, of course, and I felt almost like I was re-living that awful day. But a strange thing happened to me, as I was watching. I started thinking of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in August of 1945, which would make NYC on 9/11 look like a walk in the park. In each case, the U.S. was not the one to start the fight. But to the suicidal, homicidal maniacs in the planes of 9/11, the U.S. "deserved" to be attacked. And to the war-weary military planners in Washington in 1945, the Japanese had to be given a blow that would leave them no option, but to surrender. Over 3,000 people died on 9/11. Over 300,000 people died from the A-bombs dropped in 08/1945. The numbers don't matter. Each person, in both cases, was a living, breathing, human being who loved and was loved. None of them had anything to do with the motives of their killers.  But, the many horrors and atrocities of WWII made all the countries involved wary of ever repeating such a catastrophic conflictThe Muslim jihadists, however, seem driven to rain death and destruction on the infidel.  I fervently hope that they will reject those beliefs and join the 21st century. 


Bill said...

Modern revisionist have had a fielded day re-interpreting the A-bombs used against Japan. The mass suicides of Japanese in Okinawa and other islands tends to be forgotten.

Something I recently read ... Japan surrendered to the US, not because of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ... but because Russia had millions of soldiers ready to invade Japan.

Japanese leadership was well aware of the traditional hostilities with Russia and they knew if the Russians were on their island it would have been far worse for them than US occupation.

Gorilla Bananas said...

People who think the A-bombs didn't cause the Japanese surrender should read the Emperor's address to the Japanese people.