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Hiroshima and the Role of Conservatives


On the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb, Leo Maley, a PDM leader and Peter Vickery's campaign manager, has some interesting thoughts on Conservatives and their role in atoning for Hiroshima:
Our failure to grapple fully with the ethical questions stemming from our use of mass violence against civilians has meant that we unwittingly endorse an act that some would consider state terror. We rightly expect Germany and Japan to confront painful episodes from their participation in World War II. Now it's our turn.

Conservatives today are the natural candidates to take the lead in confronting our most painful episode from the war, because they were once among the most vocal critics of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Consider the following:

On August 8, 1945, two days after the bombing, former Republican President Herbert Hoover wrote to a friend that "[t]he use of the atomic bomb, with its indiscriminate killing of women and children, revolts my soul."
Read the rest and this 2001 article on the military perspective of the atomic bomb at the time.