Sunday, August 07, 2005

Top 11 Beliefs of Moonbats Protesting The Dropping of the A-Bomb on Hiroshima

11. Naming the plane "Enola Gay" somehow discriminates against homosexuals
10. One can support the troops, but still wish to send 1 million of them to unnecessary deaths
9. History belongs to those who re-write it
8. If the bomb hadn't been dropped, GHW Bush may have been killed in combat and we would have been spared the unnecessary Iraq war that his son started
7. Big tobacco somehow behind the Manhattan project
6. Our friends the Soviets were ready to help us with an invasion of Japan
5. No women or minorities represented within the crew of the Enola Gay
4. Extensive damage to Hiroshima abortion clinics
3. Escalated hostilities against Japan would inflame the "Japanese Street" and create more Japanese terrorists
2. Oppenheimer ran a non-union shop
1. America is evil and should never defend itself


Blogger Eightgun said...

What can I say except that this is typically brilliant?

If you did not exist, sir, the Minnesota Right would have had to engineer you in some kind of test-tube and protect you from stem-cell harvesters.

9:44 PM  
Blogger marcus aurelius said...

Sisyphus does live in a test tube, and we're providing all the protection we can afford.

However, those stem cell harvesters are making some mighty attractive offers afraid very afraid.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Ned said...

I like history, too. But I prefer to know all of it, which includes some pretty ugly realities. How about some reflections on Hiroshima from men who were intimately involved:

"Japan was already defeated," observed an American general called Dwight Eisenhower after the atrocity. "[D]ropping the bomb was completely unnecessary."

"It is my opinion," wrote US Admiral William Leahy in his 1950 memoir, "that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan." "In being the first to use it," wrote Leahy, the chief of staff for Roosevelt and Truman, "we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won be destroying women and children."

... Yep, a couple of Commie peaceniks right there.

Still, was Hiroshima any worse than the firebombing of Tokyo or Dresden? More people were killed by good old fashioned napalm than the atomic bomb. Granted, it took an armada of B-52's to get the job done instead of just a single bomb...

"Weeks later, on July 13 -- four days before Harry Truman, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin gathered in Potsdam to prepare for the end of the war, Germany having surrendered two months earlier -- Togo sent a telegram to Ambassador Sato who was in Moscow to craft Japan's capitulation: "Unconditional surrender is the only obstacle to peace. It is his Majesty's heart's desire to see the swift termination of the war."

America had to fight in WWII, I agree. Germany and Japan had to be defeated. In order to defeat them, total war was waged - including the bombing of civilian populations. So be it. Was dropping the atom bomb neccesary? Historians are divided on that issue, as were some of the men who directly participated in the events. Japan was looking to negotiate a peace but not total surrender, as America demanded.

Neccesary or uneccesary, it's nothing to celebrate or support enthusiastically. Even if it had to be done, Hiroshima is something to mourn.

3:54 AM  
Blogger Nihilist in Golf Pants said...

To paraphrase Jesse Colter:

I'm not Sisyphus,
My name is Nihilist
Sisyphus left you years ago

8:44 AM  

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