Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Bombing of Japan: Lessons To Learn

On August 6, 1945, during World War II (1939-45), an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first deployed atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of thousands more would later die of radiation exposure. Three days later, a second B-29 dropped another A-bomb on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 40,000 people. Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced his country’s unconditional surrender in World War II in a radio address on August 15, citing the devastating power of “a new and most cruel bomb.”

I commemorate this day not to glorify war or death.  I do not commemorate this day to talk about who won or lost World War II.  I commemorate this day as a reminder of what we should never let happen again.
Some people feel the U.S. should stay out of the rest of the worlds business.  Maybe that is true when we have the advantage of hindsight and the reality of a Vietnam Nam war to look at.
I heard a story of a man who was a boy in 1931 doing a "current events" report in his class.  He held up a political cartoon of a silk worm biting off a piece of a mulberry leaf.  He said "Japan invaded China" and sat down.  Little did he know that 10 years later he would be called to serve as a soldier after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor bringing the United States into the war.  So when do you get involved in other countries problems, after they bomb your Naval fleet?
Dealing with other countries, or even other cultures, religions, or ideologies, can be a difficult, delicate thing.
Remember the day, August 6th, 1931, to remember to be prepared.  To remain vigilant.  To be on guard.  Being an isolationist is not always the answer.
Support our Constitution.  Support our military.  Support out law enforcement.  Support our first responders.  Support the United States of America.

Semper Paratus
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