The United States Has the Right to Defend Itself

World peace is something most people want. But we won’t have world peace if we let other interests run over us. War comes at a terrible price, even for the country that wins. I don’t think the U.S. should focus on being politically correct to the point where we apologize for standing up for our country. Other countries protect their interests. So should we. Japan is inviting world leaders to visit Hiroshima, the site of the first nuclear bomb released on their country during World War ll. I believe a harsh reality: The U. S. should not apologize for dropping two nuclear bombs on two of Japan’s cities. Yes, it was a horrible event. Thousands were killed. But President Truman didn’t wake up that August morning in 1945 and say, “I think we’ll bomb the daylights out of Japan since we have nothing better to do.” The bombings were a culmination of several events: Japan started the war when they attacked us at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Since then we had spent four years beating them back across the Pacific. They had to retreat from several ocean islands to Japan itself. By that point they had little to fight with but still wouldn’t surrender. We had lost tens of thousands of American lives and had spent an enormous amount of money. Military experts estimated it would take several more years and cost the U. S. and Japan plenty if we invaded Japan instead of dropping the bombs: Japan would suffer 10,000,000 casualties, with the U.S. suffering 1,000,000. Contrast these numbers to the estimated number of Japanese casualties from the actual bombings that ended the war: about 200,000. Many people don’t want to believe it but if you look at the math, you’ll see how the bombings actually saved lives–Japanese as well as American. As I said, even when you win you pay a huge price. The U.S. didn’t want to drop those bombs, but we knew the only other thing that would make the Japanese cut it out was an invasion of Japan itself–at a much bigger cost. We should be sorry we had to drop those bombs, to end a war they started, with as few casualties as possible. But we shouldn’t apologize for doing what we had to do to end the horror with minimal loss of life–on both sides.

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