Jerry West wrote:
> 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.
I wish I had access to all the stored material right now, but I do not;
however, I recall charts of the destroyed areas of Hiroshima and the
military and industrial, along with the naval facilities--to the best of my
recollection--were either spared or suffered only moderate damage.
Pentagon and Defense Dept public relations painted a convincing picture--to
the general public--that the bombs "saved millions of American lives." but
those were the acts of a terrorist government.
Lt. Calley was recentlu mentioned in a couple of posts. He may have been
made a scapegoat, and he was tried and found guilty and sentenced to
prison, but Calley never spent time in prison. He never saw the inside of a
prison cell. Restricted to base and his quarters--house arrest--yes, but he
walked. POssibly others could also have been prosecuted, but Calley was in
charge, he committed crimes, and he was convicted. Only a small number of
Americans are aware that he was never punished.
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