Bombing Our Way Into Peace

Veteran’s Day is almost over.  I’m thankful for every person that’s ever worked to defend our country.  I’m thinking about this:

I wonder if most people make up their mind to be “for” or “against” war.   I think it really depends on the situation.  I think it’s unrealistic to think that we can put an end to war.  It seems we’ve been beating each other up over the ages, probably before we could walk upright!

When Albert Einstein wrote to President Roosevelt, he tried to persuade him that the atomic bomb should be built.  He later said that he regretted his decision to make the appeal.  At the time, he was afraid that Germany would develop nuclear capability.  Although Einstein wasn’t directly responsible for building the bomb, it was his work that made it possible.  And there is the letter.

Although most people are horrified at the thought of nuclear weapons, there are differing opinions on whether it was the right thing to do to end World War II.  There is the argument that by bombing Hiroshima and wiping out half its population, around 180,000 people, we prevented many more American casualties, possibly in the millions.  We shortened the war.  We ended the discussion.  This also ended Russian aggression in the area, for a time.

On the other side of the argument, there are those that say that the war would not have gone on for much longer anyway.  We had the upper hand, and were winning the battle.    We went way too far and took too many innocent lives when we dropped the bomb.

The thing that makes me suspicious is the timing.  We bombed Hiroshima on August 6th, and then bombed Nagasaki  three days later on August 9th.  Didn’t the bombing of Hiroshima send a direct enough message to Japan?  Did we wait long enough to see what the response would be?

As I was looking into this question, it appears as though I had it backwards.  I seems that actually, we didn’t continue on to Nagasaki.  We stopped at Nagasaki.  We were prepared to keep going.

Can we actually bomb our way into peace?  Can we fight one last fight that settles things? We could start a group of representatives from countries all over the world and work together for the common good of humankind.  We could call it the United Nati…nevermind, that will never work.

I’m grateful for the sacrifices that veterans, and especially their families, have made for me, my family, and my nation.  Thank you for your service!

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