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Headstone for Tibbets
WorldNetDaily ^ | 11-5-07 | Doug Powers

Posted on 11/05/2007 7:46:16 AM PST by WrightOnTarget

Retired Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets, Jr., who piloted the aircraft Enola Gay, which dropped the first atomic bomb used in war, died last week at the age of 92. The life story of Tibbets, Jr. ends with a bit of what I consider a tragedy that should never again befall an American hero.

When somebody says "Fat Man" and "Little Boy" these days, they could be referring to Michael Moore and Dennis Kucinich, but 60 years ago, devices sporting those seemingly innocuous monikers caused historically unmatched destruction, and ended a long war.

There are many who believe this makes the United States the bad guy (more than usual). Example: In a special to the Los Angeles Times on the death of Tibbets, the writer could barely wait until the third paragraph before saying this:

The pilot never apologized for unleashing the devastating explosive force and insidious nuclear radiation that leveled more than two-thirds of the buildings in Hiroshima and immediately killed at least 80,000 people.

It's implied almost immediately that Tibbets should have apologized. He never did. He never even came close. Why can't Congress step in to make Enola Gay-bashing a hate crime and start a fund to give those seeking apologies for the war a free plane ticket to Tokyo where they can sit and wait for a post-mortem "I'm sorry" to emanate from the shrine of Tojo?

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atomicbomb

1 posted on 11/05/2007 7:46:16 AM PST by WrightOnTarget
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To: WrightOnTarget

Tibbets said he doesn’t want a headstone so that protesters can use it as a target.


2 posted on 11/05/2007 7:47:45 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: WrightOnTarget

I think we should just apologize for the founding of this country and all the lives we saved in Europe from 1914-today fighting imperialism, Nazism and Communism.

We should apologize for sending more money overseas than we spend at home on the same programs.

We should just apologize for everything I guess.

Geez.


3 posted on 11/05/2007 7:50:36 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: WrightOnTarget
Considering that they estimated that a land invasion of Japan would have resulted in up to 1 million American casualties, and 2 to 3 times as many Japanese casualties I don’t see how Tibbets should ever have considered apologizing. 80,000 is a drop in the bucket compared to what could have been.
4 posted on 11/05/2007 7:54:58 AM PST by CougarGA7 (I'm supporting a Conservative not a RINO http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: WrightOnTarget

“The pilot never apologized for unleashing the devastating explosive force and insidious nuclear radiation that leveled more than two-thirds of the buildings in Hiroshima and immediately killed at least 80,000 people.” .................. He was given an order to accomplish a mission and he complied. It was an order from the President. That’s all there is to it. Boxcar did the same, but who remembers Carles Sweeney


5 posted on 11/05/2007 7:57:22 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Staying home or voting 3rd Party, Elects Hillary!)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Ooooops “Charles”


6 posted on 11/05/2007 7:58:26 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Staying home or voting 3rd Party, Elects Hillary!)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Second Ooooops. “Bockscar” or “Bocks Car”.


7 posted on 11/05/2007 8:06:22 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: WrightOnTarget
An apology is always demanded by the anti-American traitors. On the anniversarry, they love to bring in Japanese who survived the bombing and assume themoral high ground they don't deserve.

Remember, we bombed IMPERIAL Japan. Don't the peace freaks hate imperialism? Their government were milutarists, Tojo was Prime Minister. If the peace freaks were intellectually honest, they condemn them. These people allowed their government to torture people, vivsection POWs alive, use POWS and civilians for chemical and biological experiments to develop Weapons of Mass Destruction, raped Nanking and ordered the Bataan Death March.

Look at who the peace freaks side with and you'll see that they hate America every bit as much as Tojo did.

At least Tojo swung from a rope.

8 posted on 11/05/2007 8:06:28 AM PST by Doctor Raoul (Columbia = Ayatollah U.)
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To: Doctor Raoul

And oh yeah, they violated the Geneva Convention...


9 posted on 11/05/2007 8:07:12 AM PST by Doctor Raoul (Columbia = Ayatollah U.)
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To: Doctor Raoul

And oh yeah, the Japanese were racists. The considered other Asians inferior, especially the Koreans and Chinese.


10 posted on 11/05/2007 8:08:16 AM PST by Doctor Raoul (Columbia = Ayatollah U.)
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To: Doctor Raoul

Tell us What you REALLY THINK......keep in talkin’ brotha!!!!!


11 posted on 11/05/2007 8:10:45 AM PST by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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To: massgopguy
Tibbets said he doesn’t want a headstone so that protesters can use it as a target.

Tibbets has requested his ashes be scattered over the English Channel by aircraft. The area he specified is near the French coast along the route he flew as leader of the first American bombers to attack a target in Nazi occupied Europe ... August 1942. Three years before Hiroshima.

12 posted on 11/05/2007 8:19:24 AM PST by BluH2o
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To: Doctor Raoul

You left out “cannibals”.


13 posted on 11/05/2007 8:19:57 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: BluH2o

He flew a plane named The Red Gremlin on those bombing runs over Europe.

In a conversation with my husband, he said he had even more pride about those raids than the one he made over Hiroshima.


14 posted on 11/05/2007 8:25:00 AM PST by trimom
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To: DuncanWaring

You are correct. Had the full extent of Japanese behavior been known in ‘45, the question would be why didn’t we have and drop 15 of the bloody things...


15 posted on 11/05/2007 8:31:16 AM PST by steveyp
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To: Doctor Raoul
And oh yeah, the Japanese were racists.

I believe the present tense is more appropriate. Also it is apprlicable to most of the Asian tribes.

16 posted on 11/05/2007 8:34:54 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Democrat, a synonym for Traitor)
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To: trimom
In a conversation with my husband, he said he had even more pride about those raids than the one he made over Hiroshima.

I imagine those missions were much more dangerous. Japan put up no defense against the Enola Gay.

17 posted on 11/05/2007 8:39:01 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Moonman62

And in the division of labor, the US got the daylight runs. I mean, we did night runs as well, but the burden of the daylight runs were largely ours.


18 posted on 11/05/2007 8:41:14 AM PST by trimom
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To: trimom
"the US got the daylight runs.

WWII was the first time anyone was able to mount large scale bombing efforts. Between the wars it was generally thought here and in Europe that any formation of 'modern' bombers, each with ten or more .50's in flexible mounts, would be invincible.

Didn't quite work out that way.

19 posted on 11/05/2007 9:05:40 AM PST by norton (Go ahead, vote for Hunter, you know you want to.)
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To: Doctor Raoul

And in the chill dawn when Tojo was hanged, someone said,

“Hmmm. There’s a little nip in the air this morning.”

(Paul Tibbets is an American hero. His detractors are evil.)


20 posted on 11/05/2007 9:06:19 AM PST by elcid1970
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To: Doctor Raoul
And oh yeah, they violated the Geneva Convention...

As Patrick Swayze said in Red Dawn, "I NEVER HEARD OF IT!"

21 posted on 11/05/2007 9:06:56 AM PST by dfwgator (War Damn Eagle!)
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To: WrightOnTarget

When The Atom Bomb Fell

(Harty Davis & Karl Taylor)

Oh it went up so loud, it divided up the clouds,
And the houses did vanish away.
And a great a ball of light filled the Japanese with fright.
They must have thought it was their judgment day.

Smoke and fire it did flow through the land of Tokyo;
There was brimstone and dust everywhere.
When it all cleared away, there the cruel Japs did lay:
The answer to our fighting boys’ prayers,
Yes, Lord, the answer to our fighting boys’ prayers.

There was no atheist in a foxhole,
And men who never prayed before
Lifted tired and bloodshot eyes to heaven
And begged the Lord to end that awful war.

They told Him of their homes and loved ones.
They told Him that they’d like to be there.
I believe the bomb that struck Hiroshima
Was the answer to our fighting boys’ prayers.

Oh it went up so loud, it divided up the clouds,
And the houses did vanish away.
And a great a ball of light filled the Japanese with fright.
They must have thought it was their judgment day.

Smoke and fire it did flow through the land of Tokyo;
There was brimstone and dust everywhere.
When it all cleared away there the cruel Japs did lay:
The answer to our fighting boys’ prayers,
Yes, Lord, the answer to our fighting boys’ prayers.

Karl & Harty,
Columbia Records #36 982-4, 1946


22 posted on 11/05/2007 9:08:05 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Doctor Raoul

Oops, nevermind I misread your post to suggest that the peaceniks said dropping the bomb violated the Geneva Convention.


23 posted on 11/05/2007 9:08:19 AM PST by dfwgator (War Damn Eagle!)
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To: Doctor Raoul
I am reading a book by Richard Franks Called “DOWNFALL”
Its estemates that over 100,000 people died each month under Japanese occupation
24 posted on 11/05/2007 9:09:42 AM PST by Charlespg (Peace= When we trod the ruins of Mecca and Medina under our infidel boots.)
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To: Doctor Raoul
and assume themoral high ground they don't deserve.

For a second there, I read this as "thermal high ground".

25 posted on 11/05/2007 9:34:08 AM PST by LexBaird (Behold, thou hast drinken of the Aide of Kool, and are lost unto Men.)
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To: trimom
The cable channel shows about him and his crew are really something. I'm going to have to keep on thinking of him in the present tense. Tibbets was chosen for that mission because of his skills and bravery.

And American airmen were kept in the zoo in Tokyo. They knew that they would be killed if there were an invasion. 20,000 sailors and airmen killed in cold blood. Countless Chinese died horribly. I'm with Colonel Tibbets on this one. No apologies.

26 posted on 11/05/2007 9:41:20 AM PST by Thebaddog (You can be a big dog or a small dog, but I am the bad dog)
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To: massgopguy

‘Tibbets said he doesn’t want a headstone so that protesters can use it as a target.’

Sad, but he was correct.

A warning to the future, never name the crew.


27 posted on 11/05/2007 9:43:21 AM PST by Badeye ('Ron Paul joined 88 Democrats.....")
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To: elcid1970

BTTT

That’s all.


28 posted on 11/05/2007 9:45:04 AM PST by Unknowing (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: massgopguy

If he was buried in General Lee’s front yard no one could protest.


29 posted on 11/05/2007 9:45:31 AM PST by Blue State Insurgent (Thompson Democrats)
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To: steveyp
Had the full extent of Japanese behavior been known in ‘45,

According to historian Stanley Weintraub, the War Department made a deliberate decision to downplay Japanese attrocities to keep G.I.'s from reciprocating.

Informed people knew the extent of Japanese crimes, but didn't want the G.I.'s to take it on themselves to extract revenge. Americans were already plenty riled up about Pearl Harbor, they didn't need any more reason to hate the "Japs".

30 posted on 11/05/2007 9:53:56 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake but Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
According to historian Stanley Weintraub, the War Department made a deliberate decision to downplay Japanese attrocities

That was a big mistake,I always felt uneasy about the fact we did not force the Japanese to confront their war crimes like we did to the Germans

31 posted on 11/06/2007 4:13:16 PM PST by Charlespg (Peace= When we trod the ruins of Mecca and Medina under our infidel boots.)
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