Letter to the Editor

 

ink_penDear Sir:

I read with interest the editorial in your December issue re Conrad Black’s biography of F.D.R.  I attended a book signing in 2004 in Toronto at which Conrad Black spoke to an audience of about 100 people.  I asked him what he thought F.D.R. would have done about dropping the atomic bomb on Japan.  Black replied he had never contemplated that scenario. He hoped F.D.R. would have dropped an atom bomb on a remote, sparsely populated island to show the Japanese high command the horror and futility of continuing the war. Alas, F.D.R. died before the decision needed to be made.  Truman ordered Hiroshima and then Nagasaki to be leveled.  The rest, sadly, is history.

Arthur Smith

Ajijic, Mexico

Our Editor Replies:

For many years, I held the same belief—until I read John Hersey’s Hiroshima. In the weeks leading up to the dropping of the Atomic Bomb, Japan had been almost decimated by virtually around-the-clock air raids by the American B-29s based in nearby Okinawa. Japan by this time, however, was ruled by only one man, General Tojo, who was maniacally driven to fight on, regardless of the horrific plight of his people. Indeed, Tojo refused to surrender even after the first super-bomb was dropped. It was only after the second such bomb was dropped on Nagasaki a little more than a week later that Emperor Hirohito stepped in and promptly surrendered. I think the verdict of history is definitely on the side of President Truman.

primi sui motori con e-max

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

July 2015   Please select one: Online format Only articles (respond to any article here) Magazine style format Articles
Editor’s Page By Alejandro Grattan-Dominguez For more editorials, visit: http://thedarksideofthedream.com Famous Last Words By Some Famous
A Medal Of Honor Long Overdue By Kelly Hayes-Raitt(Courtesy of The Argonaut, where this article was first published)   Bill Lansford fought in
SHANGHAI—Loved and Lost A Novel by Elizabeth Shaen ColterjohnReviewed by Carol L. Bowman   No one seems sure which genre fits Elizabeth Shaen
Imprints By Antonio Ramblés antonio.rambles@yahoo.com Landmark Paris   With more well-known landmarks than just about any other city,

Visit our Advertisers

Our Issues

May 2015

july2011-ojo

April 2015

july2011-ojo

March 2015

july2011-ojo

February 2014

july2011-ojo

January 2014

july2011-ojo

December 2014

july2011-ojo

November 2014

july2011-ojo

 

 

More....