One need not be a leftist or certainly not a relativist to object to the purposeful bombing of civilians. It's pure sensationalism to think it started in America with Hiroshima...Dresden and Tokyo came before that (A-bombs were just more efficient), or really, Fredericksburg, Vicksburg, Petersburg and of course Atlanta.
It is simply morally abhorant to target civilians, period. To try to argue otherwise ends up being a utilitarian RELATIVIST argument.
I am a very conservative (bordering on libertarian) Christian, and have no leftist sympathies at all....but that sure doesn't mean America (and I am an 11th generation American) has always done the right and just thing, even when fighting right and just wars. To not acknowlege our past sins, means we're just likely to repeat them in a worse way in the future.
I am sick of all this perpetual hand wringing and self-loathing on the part of the sob sisters who are all too eager to condemn the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but have few if any tears for the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.
It's been 60 years since Japan was brought to it's knees and forced to surrender unconditionally, and if they regret what happened in August of 1945 when they woke up to find atomic hell raining from the skies, they should have thought twice before unwisely choosing to take on Uncle Sam.
As for all this "we must confront and confess our sins" claptrap, let those who feel the compulsive need to weep and wail go to their damn priest or preacher and confess it all, just pour out their guilt, and don't stop until it feels better.
As for the majority of Americans, the rest of us will get on with our lives and quit second guessing events of more than half a century ago.
Nuclear weaponry is absolutely a fierce and terrible method of waging war, but after the atomic bombings on Japan, those same fierce weapons helped keep the peace for 46 years until the Soviet Union finally collapsed after Ronald Reagan tightened the screws on 'em.
And should through some fluke of fate, the Islamofascists obtain, and should they be foolish enough to use a nuclear device against the United States, we will hopefully have someone in the White House when that happens that will have the same amount of spine as Harry Truman, and anything and everything on this planet that beckons to "allah" will be converted into green glowing glass.
I wouldn't count on it. Call me a conspiracy kook, but it seems are betters have determined to bring America's prestige as a nation down a few notches. Evidence the surrendering of our borders, the transfer of our manufacturing capabilities to other countries, out-sourcing, which turns ours into a service economy. Farewell to the American superpower. God save America.