Dropping atomic bombs necessary to save lives

info@islandpacket.comAugust 15, 2013 

Winston Churchill wrote: "The farther backward you can look the farther forward you can see."

I was reminded of this when I read the Aug. 10 story about honoring veterans on the anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan.

My father had orders to report to a troop ship to be part of the first wave to invade the mainland of Japan in the British participation in Operation Downfall. He said he did not expect to return and felt that the bomb was necessary.

I did not fully appreciate the importance of that comment until I visited Okinawa. My daughter and family lived in Okinawa, and when I visited them, I made a study of the battle for Okinawa. I visited the suicide cliffs, the American cemetery and the site of the Japanese high command, where the officers committed seppuku. One-third of the entire population was killed. The emperor ordered no surrender because he needed to use the Okinawans to demonstrate what he expected from the people of Japan when an invasion occurred.

The battle for Okinawa was probably the most terrifying in World War II.

There is no doubt in my mind that more than one million Allied forces would have been killed, as well as countless Japanese.

Which brings me back to Churchill. When the brave men like the veteran in the story have passed, will "progressives" rewrite history and paint America as the bad guy. Let us hope not.

Chris D. Clayton

Hilton Head Island

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