I had never thought of it that way ... I think you're right, Mr. Wilson. And if a person falls back on the defense that the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not innocent, having worked hard to fight a vicious war against us, then one can hardly blame Al Qaeda for launching an attack against our own civilians, who were arguably (in their twisted minds) fighting a vicious war against them.

The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were terrorist acts. The fact that they worked does not change that, nor does the fact that they saved lives.

I will not roundly condemn our ancestors, though. They were under the pressure of a dreadful war; few truly understood the fury of the bomb, and their own casualties were immense. It is all very well to stand back from our safe 21st century outlook (an outlook created by their victory and their blood) and condemn them. Perhaps, in this case, it may be wise to bring out the old adage "It is not for children to judge their parents."

But what is the study of history if not a case of children judging their parents? And if we do not judge our parents, how can we avoid their mistakes? I have a partial answer for that, but I don't think it's finished.

The thoughts of Daniel on 8 August 2005 - 8:48 Central
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