And SS soldiers generally believed that humanity, Germans first
of course, would benefit if Jews were wiped out of existence.
Jerry West wrote:
> William Mandel wrote:
> The atomic murder of tens of thousands of civilian children, women, and
> mmen in Hiroshima and Nagasaki is not what ended the war, ....
> JW reply:
> I agree with you, William, but this is not the issue and you never did
> answer my question which was:
> Hiroshima was a valid military target being an Army headquarters, and
> neighboring Kure was a major naval base, so one could make an argument
> for bombing it. What if the pilot truly believed that by dropping his
> weapon he would save upwards of a million American lives? (the estimates
> on the invasion of Japan, another needless exercise in my opinion, were
> horrendous). Is he more of a war criminal for bringing a quick end to
> the war, or for refusing and maybe dragging the war on for who knows how
> long at great cost of life on both sides?
> Remember, the question here is not whether the bombing of Hiroshima was
> right or wrong, but whether the pilot was wrong and a war criminal if he
> truly believed that he was saving lives by doing so.
> Whether there was actually good reason to bomb Hiroshima or not is not
> the issue. For the sake of this point you must assume that from all of
> the information provided to him the pilot believed in good faith that
> there was.
> Jerry West
> THE RECORD
> On line news from Nootka Sound & Canada's West Coast
> An independent, progressive regional publication
-- To be removed from list, e-mail "Opt Out." You may find of interest website www.BillMandel.net
This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Fri Jun 23 2000 - 05:17:00 CUT