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  • The Moral Lesson of Hiroshima

    07/28/2006 8:20:58 AM PDT · by mjp · 147 replies · 2,920+ views
    Capitalism Magazine ^ | April 29, 2006 | John Lewis
    On August 6, 1945 the American Air Force incinerated Hiroshima, Japan with an atomic bomb. On August 9 Nagasaki was obliterated. The fireballs killed some 175,000 people. They followed months of horror, when American airplanes firebombed civilians and reduced cities to rubble. Facing extermination, the Japanese surrendered unconditionally. The invasion of Japan was cancelled, and countless American lives were saved. The Japanese accepted military occupation, embraced a constitutional government, and renounced war permanently. The effects were so beneficent, so wide-ranging and so long-term, that the bombings must be ranked among the most moral acts ever committed. The bombings have been...
  • Italian firm goes nuclear with atomic toys

    02/24/2006 12:21:07 PM PST · by butternut_squash_bisque · 61 replies · 1,179+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Updated: 9:02 a.m. ET Feb. 24, 2006 | By Roland Jones
    Those of us who enjoy military history usually just switch on the History Channel for our daily fix of guts, gore and armed conflict. But if you’re a serious war buff, and you want to relive one of the most horrifying moments in the deadliest war in human history, an Italian toy maker has just the thing. Brumm recently unveiled miniature models of “Little Boy” and “Fat Man.” Those names may conjure up images of cuddly cartoon characters, but they’re actually the codenames for two atomic bombs that the U.S. military dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the final days...
  • Photographer of atomic bomb destruction dies at 96

    12/18/2005 9:12:21 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 66 replies · 1,845+ views
    LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) - Air Force Lt. Col. Daniel A. McGovern, a combat photographer who filmed the aftermath of the atomic bomb detonations in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, has died. He was 96. McGovern died of cancer Wednesday at his home in Laguna Woods. Weeks after the bombs were dropped in August 1945, McGovern began taking photographs that have since appeared in history books, newspapers, television shows and movies. Earlier during the war, McGovern photographed President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the White House. In 1943, McGovern flew missions as a cameraman while stationed in Chelveston, England. He survived two...
  • American Hiroshima

    12/04/2005 12:37:04 PM PST · by mgiorgino · 54 replies · 1,297+ views ^ | December 5, 2005 | Michael Giorgino
    “First call, first call to Colors.” Lieutenant Commander Thomas Carter stood at attention on the flight deck of USS RONALD REAGAN. He waited in silent anticipation for the first strains of the “Star Spangled Banner,” the signal for the petty officers of the watch to begin raising the extra large flag, only displayed on Sundays and holidays. Tom loved weekend duty—a heart-pumping bike ride up the Strand, bounding up to the Quarterdeck (“Good morning, Sir!), shower, uniform, coffee, Quarters and then observing Colors—that bright, broad and magnificent flag rising over the blue-green water of San Diego Bay under the sleek...
  • Why it isn't Over, Over There

    11/28/2005 4:39:52 PM PST · by lancer · 5 replies · 427+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 11/28/05 | Herbert E. Meyer
    Like every other business, the business of war has changed. Centuries ago, a war ended when one army defeated another on the battlefield. But in the modern world of total war , a war isn’t over when one army defeats the other. A war is over when the population of the country whose army has lost abandons all hope; when the people have been crushed so thoroughly – when the daily business of staying alive is so god-awful – that they wish only to clean up the mess and re-start their lives. This is why no Nazi official was able...
  • Messianic madness of nuclear Osama

    10/23/2005 3:37:18 AM PDT · by ovrtaxt · 63 replies · 1,547+ views
    WorlsNetDaily ^ | October 23, 2005 | Farah
    Messianic madness of nuclear Osama Heavenly signs, bin Laden's Mahdi complex raise current threat of 'American Hiroshima' Posted: October 23, 20051:00 a.m. Eastern Editor's note: This exclusive report by Paul Williams first appeared in Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin, the premium, online, intelligence newsletter published by the founder of WND. Subscriptions to G2 Bulletin are now available at half price – $99 a year or just $9.95 per month. © 2005 Signs in the heavens and a popular notion in the Islamic world that Osama bin Laden is the "Mahdi," a long-awaited messianic deliverer, increase this month's risk of mega-terror attacks on...
  • Waiting for Another Hiroshima

    08/18/2005 5:38:03 PM PDT · by forty_years · 10 replies · 948+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy, LLC ^ | August 18, 2005 | Andrew Jaffee
    August 6th marked the 60th anniversary of America’s use of an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. While some still argue that President Truman’s decision to use the A-bomb was “controversial,” they are afflicted with the scourge of our time, the loss of a sense of moral proportion and certainty. Unfortunately, those with relativistic morals will lead us to see the day when nuclear weapons are used again – this time to end once and for all the barbaric savagery of Islamism. Green Left Weekly (GLW) calls the U.S. putting a swift end to WWII – using atomic...
  • Pat Buchanan: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Christian Morality

    08/10/2005 6:32:47 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 45 replies · 1,399+ views ^ | August 10, 2005 | Pat Buchanan
    On the 40th, 50th and 60th anniversaries of D-Day, Presidents Reagan, Clinton and George W. Bush traveled to Normandy to lead us in tribute to the bravery of the Greatest Generation of Americans, who had liberated Europe. Always a deeply moving occasion. The 40th, 50th and 60th anniversaries of the dropping of the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, however, were not times of celebration or warm remembrance. Angry arguments for and against the dropping of the bombs roil the airwaves and fill the press. And the reason is obvious. While World War II was a just war against enemies...
  • Range of sentences given to Y-12 'Hiroshima Day' protesters

    08/09/2005 9:33:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 287+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 8/10/5 | BOB FOWLER
    OAK RIDGE - Protesters who briefly blocked the roadway next to the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant's main entrance on Hiroshima Day had their day in court on another nuclear anniversary - six decades after an atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. "It's Nagasaki Day,'' demonstrator John E. Heid told Anderson County General Sessions Judge Ron Murch on Tuesday. "It's the 60th anniversary of the nuclear cloud that hangs over this community.'' Heid traveled from Luck, Wis., to join more than 1,000 other peace activists in the Oak Ridge demonstration Saturday. Scheduled to coincide with Hiroshima Day, the Y-12 peace...
  • Hiroshima bomb didn't end war, according to Soviet archives

    08/09/2005 6:18:11 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 99 replies · 2,741+ views
    Scripps Howard News Service | Augist 9, 2005 | Lance Gay
    Documents emerging from once-closed Soviet archives are forcing historians to rewrite the history of the last days of World War II and reassess the impact of the Hiroshima bomb on Japan's surrender. Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, a professor of history at the University of California-Santa Barbara, said the evidence shows that it wasn't so much the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that forced the Japanese to capitulate in August 1945, but the Soviet invasion of Manchuria and impending threat of Soviet occupation of the Japanese mainland. "I think the Soviet presence was crucial," said Hasegawa, author of "Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman...
  • Trashing our history; Hiroshima

    08/09/2005 6:38:35 AM PDT · by manny613 · 12 replies · 722+ views
    Every August, there are some Americans who insist on wringing their hands over the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, so it was perhaps inevitable that such people would have an orgy of wallowing in guilt on the 60th anniversary of that tragic day. Time magazine has page after page of photographs of people scarred by the radiation, as if General Sherman had not already said long ago that war is hell.
  • Enola Gay-bashing: Fat Man, Little Boy, dumb poll

    08/08/2005 5:08:48 PM PDT · by RightWingReader · 28 replies · 1,525+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 8-8-05 | Doug Powers
    In 2005, when you say "Fat Man and Little Boy," you could be referring to Michael Moore and Robert Reich, but 60 years ago, devices sporting those seemingly innocuous monikers caused historically unmatched destruction, and ended a long war. Poll questions surrounding the 60th anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan contained a universal question: "Was it necessary?" The polls that I've seen don't ask, "Was it the best option?" but rather focus on an absolute necessity for the bombings. Most things aren't absolutely "necessary." There are always other options – options that may seem especially viable while...
  • Was Using the A-Bomb Justified?

    08/08/2005 5:04:27 AM PDT · by hildy123 · 115 replies · 9,630+ views | August 7, 2005 | Gary Palmer
    August 6 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the devastating atomic bomb attack against the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, a second atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. For the most part, up until the 1960s the predominant view was that the U.S. was justified in its decision to use nuclear weapons against the Japanese. There was a general consensus to accept, at face value, that American leaders had determined that Japan would not surrender, and that their determination to fight to the death against an invasion would have cost the lives of hundreds of thousands,...
  • Every August the Ghouls Come Out

    08/08/2005 6:20:26 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 2 replies · 289+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 8/08/05 | Purple Mountains
    I have always despised authors who write books outing dead people who can’t defend themselves. I feel the same way about the books that come out every August castigating President Truman for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Once again, let’s review some facts. Truman was facing intelligence estimates that an invasion of Japan would cost a million American and many more than a million Japanese casualties. These estimates were based on known plans of Japanese defenders and the bloody results of the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Okinawa, a home island of Japan, resulted in more than...
  • Hiroshima survivors call for ban on nukes

    08/07/2005 1:33:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 56 replies · 760+ views
    AP ^ | 8/7/5 | BARRY MASSEY
    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. - Survivors of the deadly blasts that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki 60 years ago joined hundreds of activists in support of a global ban on nuclear weapons. They rallied Saturday at the birthplace of the atomic bomb, outside the national labs that feed today's nuclear arsenal, on the tiny island where the Enola Gay took off for Hiroshima with its deadly payload, and in the nation's capital. Bombing survivor Koji Ueda attended a rally in the Los Alamos park where there were research laboratories when the Manhattan Project developed the world's first atomic bomb. "No more Hiroshimas....
  • The A-Bomb as lifesaver

    08/07/2005 5:40:42 AM PDT · by Boston Blackie · 70 replies · 1,257+ views ^ | August 7, 2005 | Jeff Jacoby
    THE 60TH anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has arrived with little of the fury that accompanied the 50th. A decade ago, a bruising battle broke out over the Smithsonian Institution's plan for an exhibit suggesting that the American use of atomic weapons had been a racist war crime and served no legitimate military aim. With a restored Enola Gay -- the B-29 that delivered the first bomb on Aug. 6, 1945 -- as a centerpiece, the Smithsonian's curators had intended to tell a story of American brutality and Japanese victimhood. ''For most Americans," their original script declared,...
  • Living in the shadow of the bomb

    08/07/2005 12:00:50 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 9 replies · 392+ views ^ | Sunday Aug 7 2005
    Sixty years ago today, an atom bomb exploded over Hiroshima, killing 80,000 people, mostly civilians. Tens of thousands more died from radiation sickness in the years that followed. The memory of that day offers a horrific reminder of what is at stake when the nuclear non-proliferation regime comes under attack as it is today. The direct challenge comes from the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea. Both expose serious shortcomings in the non-proliferation treaty (NPT). It permits non-weapons states to develop nuclear fuel cycles, allowing them legitimately to proceed to the brink of weaponisation. If Iran and North Korea...
  • When Oak Ridge changed the world

    08/06/2005 11:55:39 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 567+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 8/7/5 | Frank Munger
      Search Help Registration  |  Contact Us  |  Site Map  |  Alerts  |  Archives  |  Subscribe to the Paper Published August 7, 2005 | Email this page to a friendWatch and listen as Secret City residents share their memories | View a slide show of Oak Ridge in the '40sShare your own memories of Oak Ridge | Read all stories and learn more about the plant and its buildings Hear from residents who worked and lived in the Secret City during World War II View a slide show of images from Oak Ridge during the 1940s Share your own memories of life in Oak Ridge during World War II...
  • The Rising Sun Of A New Age: Dropping the Atomic Bombs On Japan.

    08/06/2005 11:09:20 PM PDT · by Brutus1964 · 1 replies · 641+ views ^ | 8/6/2005 | Ken Bingham
    August 6, 1945, a bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later a second bomb was dropped on the City of Nagasaki, thus marking the end of the bloodiest war in human history. In all there were 60 million military and civilian casualties from all countries involved. Germany had been defeated and Hitler had committed suicide in his bunker, however in the Pacific war raged on with no end in sight. The Japanese Emperor Hirohito vowed not to surrender as long as there was a single Japanese standing. The only other way to defeat Japan was...

    08/06/2005 9:33:51 PM PDT · by jordan8 · 44 replies · 1,532+ views ^ | 8-6-05 | ?
    ENOLA GAY CREW - - "NO REGRETS" Columbus, Ohio (August 6, 2005) - On this occasion, the surviving members of the Enola Gay crew would like the opportunity to issue a joint statement. This year, 2005, marks the sixtieth year since the end of World War II. The summer of 1945 was indeed an anxious one as allied and American forces gathered for the inevitable invasion of the Japanese homeland. President Truman made one last demand, one final appeal. Together with Great Britain's Churchill, and Russia's Stalin, the President of the United States urged the Japanese to " … proclaim...
  • HIROSHIMA'S NUCLEAR LESSON: bill clinton is no Harry Truman

    08/06/2005 9:11:38 PM PDT · by Mia T · 18 replies · 7,329+ views
    8.06.05 | Mia T
    HIROSHIMA'S NUCLEAR LESSON bill clinton is no Harry Truman by Mia T, 8.06.05 [T]he threat nuclear weapons pose today is probably greater than ever before. That's not because they're more plentiful--thanks to the 2002 Moscow Treaty (negotiated by John Bolton), U.S. and Russian arsenals are being cut to levels not seen in 40 years. It's because nuclear know-how and technology have fallen into the hands of men such as A.Q. Khan and Kim Jong Il, and they, in turn, are but one degree of separation away from the jihadists who may someday detonate a bomb in Times or Trafalgar Square....
  • Hiroshima, in the words of Enola Gay's bombardier - No regrets for Col. Tom Ferebee, hometown hero

    08/06/2005 6:25:05 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 31 replies · 3,014+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 8/5/05 | JAMES L. MARTIN
    Sixty years ago today, Hiroshima, Japan, became the first target of an atomic bomb, with Nagasaki the second target three days later. Thus, a war that lasted four years was ended in four days. To those who decry the devastation caused by President Truman's decision to develop and detonate this awesome weapon, I remind them of the lives saved, not lost. I'm very proud of the fact that my uncle was not only a member of the Enola Gay that dropped "Little Boy" on Hiroshima, the first atomic bomb in history, but he was actually the bombardier. The bottom line,...
  • An awful act in a just cause

    08/06/2005 5:02:47 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 16 replies · 605+ views
    The Australian ^ | 6th August 2005
    SIXTY years ago today, humanity stole the thunder of the gods by instantaneously wiping life from the face of the earth in the Japanese city of Hiroshima. On August 6, 1945, a single US Air Force bomber unleashed an apocalypse on the people of Hiroshima. About 70,000 died quickly from the blast or fire or more slowly as their bodies rotted from burns and radiation sickness. Three days later Nagasaki was incinerated, with similar casualties. The two bombings completed the sufferings of World War II. But the introduction of atomic weapons did more than give humans the power to enact...
  • Remembering Hiroshima- August 6,1945

    08/06/2005 4:37:17 PM PDT · by genefromjersey · 14 replies · 916+ views
    The Morning Paper - Special Edition | 08/06/05 | vanity
    REMEMBERING HIROSHIMA : AUGUST 6, 1945 All over the world today, people are coming together to tell us how awful it was we dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They have their memories – and I have mine. Sixty years ago, I was with my Dad and my brothers : haying in the hot August sun. We had a portable radio with us, and we stopped work to listen to the broadcaster – who spoke of a bomb – hotter than the sun – that had been dropped on, and that had utterly destroyed the entire city of Hiroshima....
  • An Anniversary to Forget

    08/06/2005 3:55:51 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 50 replies · 928+ views
    NYT ^ | 8/7/05 | Joichi Ito
    WHEN people ask my thoughts on the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, I always feel uncomfortable. As a Japanese, I know how I'm supposed to respond: with sadness, regret and perhaps anger. But invariably I try to dodge the issue, or to reply as neutrally as possible. That's because, at bottom, the bombings don't really matter to me or, for that matter, to most Japanese of my generation. My peers and I have little hatred or blame in our hearts for the Americans; the horrors of that war and its nuclear evils feel distant, even foreign. Instead, the bombs are...
  • 60 years later (Washington Times Editorial on Hiroshima)

    08/06/2005 2:00:21 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 13 replies · 774+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 6, 2005 | The Editors
    On Aug. 6, 1945, an estimated 80,000 Japanese were killed instantly in Hiroshima. Three days later, on Aug. 9, more than 100,000 Japanese in Nagasaki joined them. It was a tragic end to the bloodiest conflict in human history. The irony is that it would have been even worse had President Truman decided against using atomic weapons and instead authorized an invasion of the Japanese mainland. Estimates vary, but on the American side alone there would like have been between 200,000 and 1 million U.S. casualties. The Japanese toll would have been in the millions. And, as recent evidence reveals,...
  • Dropping the bomb that ended the war

    08/06/2005 1:58:16 PM PDT · by concentric circles · 13 replies · 916+ views
    NBC News ^ | Aug. 5, 2005 | Brian Williams
    They insist they were ordinary men serving their country. But when the crew members of the Enola Gay arrived on the flight line on the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, they knew instantly it wasn’t an ordinary mission... Van Kirk: No one was officially telling anybody else anything about it. And if you figured it out for yourself, you better well keep it quiet... ... When the bomb left the airplane, you’ve got the surge of course of releasing 9,400 pounds right away. Tibbets went into the turn 150 degrees to the right, pushed the nose down, lost about 2,000...
  • Was dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima the right thing to do?

    08/06/2005 1:14:11 PM PDT · by Dan Evans · 134 replies · 2,934+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 8/6/2005
    No, it was dropped on tens of thousands of civilians instead of a military target 34.63% (3094) No 32.08% (2866) No, it unleashed a costly, deadly arms race that may end up giving weapons of mass destruction to terrorists 21.48% (1919) Yes, the bomb brought the war to a rapid end without an invasion costing a million U.S. lives 9.59% (857) Yes 0.76% (68) Yes, Tokyo's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor justified any U.S. response 0.57% (51) Yes, war is about hurting people and breaking things we just did it better than they did 0.40% (36) No, the U.S. could...
  • Wow, It's Doomsday All Over Again

    08/06/2005 10:04:37 AM PDT · by msf92497 · 9 replies · 354+ views
    According to the tinfoiler numerologists, today is the day our peace-loving muslim friends of Al Qaeda, plan to unleash the fury of hidden Russian nukes in US cities. I for one, plan to enjoy time with my family, mow the lawn, imbibe in brew and "Q", and go about my life without a worry. What are you going to do, now that we teeter on the verge of an apocalyptic precipice?
  • The Bomb that was Meant for Hitler (anti-US diatribe from Germany)

    08/06/2005 8:53:54 AM PDT · by pabianice · 55 replies · 1,668+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | 8/1/05 | Wiegrefe
    Sixty years ago, US President Harry Truman ordered the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. It was a weapon of unprecedented power, and one that changed the face of warfare and international politics forever. On August 6, 1945, lessons begin at the National Technical University on the outskirts of downtown Hiroshima, as always, at 8 a.m. Math is first up in the lesson-plan for the day, and Keijiro Matsushima is gazing out the window, bored. The lanky, fatherless 16 year-old is the only member of his family still in Hiroshima: His brothers are off with the Imperial Navy fighting...
  • The right decision

    08/06/2005 7:36:06 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 5 replies · 395+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | August 6, 2005 | Editorial
    "We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world. It may be the fire destruction prophesied in the Euphrates Valley era, after Noah and his fabulous ark. Anyway we think we have found the way to cause a disintegration of the atom. An experiment in the New Mexican desert was startling -- to put it mildly. This weapon is to be used against Japan between now and August 10. I have told the secretary of war, Mr. (Henry) Stimson, to use it so that military objectives and soldiers are the target and not women and children....
  • It's Hiroshima day -- don't look away (US was -- and remains -- evil for using the bomb on Japan)

    08/06/2005 9:07:11 AM PDT · by pabianice · 35 replies · 1,066+ views
    Boston Fishwrap ^ | 8/6/05 | Torgovnick
    AMERICANS WILL be reminded today of the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Most likely, we will miss once again the true impact of this event, not just for the Japanese who experienced it, but also on us. It's not, of course, that we don't know that Americans flew the planes that killed at least 60,000 Japanese, most of them civilians, in Hiroshima, and, three days later, 40,000 more in Nagasaki (figures from the Avalon Project at Yale law School). It's not that Americans don't know that the United States remains the only nation ever...
  • Hiroshima - Secret US Film - On TV 8/6

    08/06/2005 8:09:15 AM PDT · by aShepard · 68 replies · 1,814+ views
    Knight Ridder
    Saturday August 6, the Sundance Cable Channel will be showing "Original Child Bomb". This hour long film is from the top secret compilation of the US Government filmed aftermath of Hiroshima, which was kept out of the public's viewing for decades. "The young soldiers who shot the film in Hiroshima and Nagasaki less than a month after the dawn of the atomic age were unprepared for what they found." " 'It was to me the most horrendous, terrifying thing that I had ever seen,'camera operator Herbert Sussan, who's now deceased, said in a 1983 interview with the British Broadcasting Corp."...
  • It's Hiroshima day -- don't look away

    08/06/2005 4:54:33 AM PDT · by Boston Blackie · 159 replies · 2,526+ views ^ | August 6, 2005 | Marianna Torgovnick
    It's not, of course, that we don't know that Americans flew the planes that killed at least 60,000 Japanese, most of them civilians, in Hiroshima, and, three days later, 40,000 more in Nagasaki (figures from the Avalon Project at Yale law School). It's not that Americans don't know that the United States remains the only nation ever to have used atomic weapons against civilian populations. It's that the events, unlike D-Day, say, or the liberation of the concentration camps, place Americans in ambiguous, unpleasant, or even guilty roles.
  • Still no regrets for frail Enola Gay pilot (Col. Paul Tibbets)

    08/06/2005 4:18:39 AM PDT · by Columbus Dawg · 79 replies · 17,335+ views
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | August 6, 2005 | Mike Harden
    The mind of the pilot whose B-29 dropped the first atomic bomb often seems more prisoner than resident of his bantamweight body wracked by injury, ailments and 90 years of living. In the months before today’s 60 th anniversary of his mission to Hiroshima, Paul Tibbets was hobbled by a pair of spills that fractured two vertebrae. For a while, his appetite disappeared, his weight dropped alarmingly, and he railed against the fates torturing him in his waning years. "I’ve never been incapacitated a damned day of my life," he groused two months ago, daily downing enough OxyContin to make...
  • Where is bin Laden?

    08/06/2005 2:23:46 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 71 replies · 2,226+ views ^ | August 6, 2005 | By Paul L. Williams
    Where in the world is Osama bin Laden? Let's face it. He shouldn't be hard to find, especially from a Predator, an aerial reconnaissance vehicle that can read the minute hand of a wristwatch from an altitude of 26,000 feet. Bin Laden is very tall – slightly over 6'6" – and incredibly thin, less than 150 pounds. He wears shalwart kameez – the loose-fitting tunics and baggy pants of al-Qaida and Taliban soldiers – and, when the weather is cold, he dons a camouflage jacket. Although he was born in 1957 and far from retirement age, the al-Qaida chieftain appears...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Media Suppression (60th Anniversary of Atomic Bomb)

    08/05/2005 6:54:22 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 38 replies · 984+ views ^ | 8/5/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    Reuters reports: “As the world prepares to mark the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the 1st atomic bomb on Saturday, some American media experts see uncomfortable echoes between the suppression of images of death and destruction then, and coverage of the war in Iraq today.” Reuters cites an article in Editor & Publisher by Greg Mitchell, claiming American officials seized film after the “atomic attacks” on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to prevent us from seeing the devastation. Mitchell compares this to Iraq: “The chief similarity is that Americans are still being kept at a distance from images of death, whether...
  • Sixty years on, Americans support Hiroshima bombing

    08/05/2005 4:04:08 PM PDT · by Michael Goldsberry · 28 replies · 1,714+ views
    CHANTILLY, Va. and a loaded weight of 140,000 pounds (63,500 kilograms) dominates a hangar filled with historic military and civil aircraft, ranging from a Japanese kamikaze plane to the first passenger jet to the supersonic Concorde. Air Force veteran Greg Culpepper, 55, a tourist from North Carolina, said he had no doubt that President Harry Truman did the right thing 60 years ago. "If it hadn't been for Truman dropping that bomb, just think of how many Americans would have been killed if we had had to invade," he said. "We're a peace-loving people and we don't want war, but...
  • 60 Years Later

    08/05/2005 9:33:00 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1,009+ views
    NRO ^ | August 05, 2005 | Victor Davis Hanson
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version August 05, 2005, 7:14 a.m. 60 Years Later Considering Hiroshima. For 60 years the United States has agonized over its unleashing of the world’s first nuclear weapon on Hiroshima on August 6, 2005. President Harry Truman’s decision to explode an atomic bomb over an ostensible military target — the headquarters of the crack Japanese 2nd Army — led to well over 100,000 fatalities, the vast majority of them civilians. Critics immediately argued that we should have first targeted the bomb on an uninhabited area as a warning for the Japanese...
  • WSJ: Hiroshima - Nuclear weapons, then and now.

    08/05/2005 5:08:42 AM PDT · by OESY · 218 replies · 2,495+ views ^ | August 5, 2005 | Editorial
    Today--or August 6 in Japan--is the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, which killed outright an estimated 80,000 Japanese and hastened World War II to its conclusion on August 15. Those of us who belong to the postwar generations tend to regard the occasion as a somber, even shameful, one. But that's not how the generation of Americans who actually fought the war saw it. And if we're going to reflect seriously about the bomb, we ought first to think about it as they did. ...No surprise, then, that when news of the bomb reached...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Revisits Father P. Siemes and Hiroshima (8/6/1944) - August 5th, 2005

    08/04/2005 9:13:05 PM PDT · by snippy_about_it · 53 replies · 1,688+ views
    see educational sources | Father P. Siemes
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • US bishops mark anniversary of atomic bombings, condemn ‘total war’

    08/04/2005 7:21:02 PM PDT · by Coleus · 260 replies · 2,443+ views
    CNS ^ | 08.04.05
    US bishops mark anniversary of atomic bombings, condemn ‘total war’Washington DC, Aug. 04, 2005 (CNA) - The 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki provides an opportunity to reflect on the lessons of the Second World War and to recommit to efforts for a lasting peace built on justice, said the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). “Hiroshima and Nagasaki are permanent reminders to the entire human family of the grave consequences of total war,” said USCCB president Bishop William Skylstad yesterday in a letter to Bishop Augustinus Jun-ichi Nomura, president of the bishops’ conference of Japan.The...
  • Why feel guilty about Hiroshima?

    08/03/2005 10:49:43 PM PDT · by manny613 · 127 replies · 2,244+ views
    The 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, has not so far provoked the kind of anguished debate that accompanied the 50th anniversary. The lack of controversy is fitting because there wasn't much soul-searching at the time. In 1945, 85% of Americans approved of a step deemed necessary to end the war and head off a costly invasion of Japan. Only with the Axis threat long vanquished have numerous historians and philosophers come forward to claim that the use of the A-bomb was unnecessary and an atrocity that blemishes American honor.
  • Priest recalls horrors of atomic bombing, conversion to Catholicism

    08/02/2005 10:33:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 131 replies · 1,522+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | August 1, 2005
    HIROSHIMA, Japan (CNS) -- Mobilization out of Hiroshima 60 years ago to work in a weapons-manufacturing zone probably saved the life of Hayazoe Jo, then a 19-year-old student. Sixty years after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city Aug. 6, 1945, Father Hayazoe, now 79 and a Hiroshima diocesan priest, recalled the horror and the events that led to his conversion to Catholicism and, eventually, his priesthood. He spoke to UCA News, an Asian church news agency based in Thailand. "The explosion took place at 8:15, just when the tram I usually rode was crossing the bridge...
  • America - Champion for Peace

    08/02/2005 10:02:01 AM PDT · by Miami Vice · 1 replies · 281+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | 8-2-05 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    How many nations could genuinely say that they had the real potential to conquer the world or destroy it? How many nations had an arsenal capable of obliterating any other nation without risking retaliation? How many nations, with an army and navy superior to any others, an industry and economy capable of producing more weapons and material than any other, with forces already deployed for conquest, how many nations would try to conquer the world while they had such advantages? Sixty years ago, this was exactly situation in which the United States of America found itself. American military forces were...
  • America - Champion of Peace

    08/02/2005 9:16:38 AM PDT · by Miami Vice · 140+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | 8-2-05 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    How many nations could genuinely say that they had the real potential to conquer the world or destroy it? How many nations had an arsenal capable of obliterating any other nation without risking retaliation? How many nations, with an army and navy superior to any others, an industry and economy capable of producing more weapons and material than any other, with forces already deployed for conquest, how many nations would try to conquer the world while they had such advantages? Sixty years ago, this was exactly situation in which the United States of America found itself. American military forces were...
  • America Was Always the Best Hope for Peace

    08/02/2005 7:20:50 AM PDT · by hinterlander · 8 replies · 548+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | August 2, 2005 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    How many nations could genuinely say that they had the real potential to conquer the world or destroy it? How many nations had an arsenal capable of obliterating any other nation without risking retaliation? How many nations, with an army and navy superior to any others, an industry and economy capable of producing more weapons and material than any other, with forces already deployed for conquest, how many nations would try to conquer the world while they had such advantages? Sixty years ago, this was exactly situation in which the United States of America found itself. American military forces were...
  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    08/01/2005 7:21:44 PM PDT · by satchmodog9 · 147 replies · 3,351+ views
    Colorado Gold ^ | 8-1-2005 | Don
    Hiroshima and Nagasaki While most may not remember the details, they do know about that famous B-29 bomber which dropped two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan, for all practical purposes ending World War Two. The Smithsonian has completed a cosmetic restoration of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the bombs, and is now on display. As expected, a large sized hullabaloo has arisen over the way Harry Truman decided to end the war. Various old saws are paraded about, such as the hackneyed and untrue one that, "The Japanese had already sued for peace," "Atomic weapons shouldn't...
  • Hiroshima may decide 2005 Nobel Peace Prize

    08/01/2005 5:51:58 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 525+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/1/05 | Alister Doyle
    OSLO (Reuters) - Sixty years after the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, guardians of the Nobel Peace Prize could confirm a once-a-decade trend in 2005 by honoring work to prevent nuclear Armageddon. The five-member awards committee, which will hold several meetings before announcing the winner of what many see as the world's top accolade in October from a field of 199 candidates, declines even to give out names on its short-list. Yet if history is a guide, the anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and of Nagasaki on Aug. 9 may help decide the winner. About 200,000...
  • Japan has forgotten lessons of Hiroshima, survivors fear

    07/31/2005 2:31:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 892+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | JULIAN RYALL
    IN THE same way it was seared on the memories of those who survived the blast 60 years ago, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima is engraved on the hearts of every Japanese child from their earliest years. While other countries will be celebrating the anniversary of what was effectively the end of the war, for this country August 6 is the darkest of days. But this year's ceremonies, as well as those three days later in Nagasaki, have an even more sombre significance; just as the numbers of veterans who pass the Cenotaph in London is shrinking every November, those...