THANK GOD FOR THE ATOM BOMBIf You Don’t Want To Get Nuked Don’tBomb Pearl HarborPresident Obama has kowtowed to the Japanese andWestern liberals by promising at the site of theHiroshima nuclear bomb “we shall not repeat theevil.”People who agree with this sentiment ought to do twothings.First they should read this essay war historian PaulFussell wrote on how he felt when, as a 21-year-oldsecond lieutenant in the US army, he and hiscomrades heard the news that Japan had been nuclearbombed into surrender.“When we learned to our astonishment that wewould not be obliged in a few months to rushup the beaches near Tokyo assault-firingwhile being machine-gunned, mortared, andshelled, for all the practiced phlegm of ourtough facades we broke down and cried withrelief and joy. We were going to live.”Second, they should familiarize themselves withwhich country it was started this particular war;which country fought it with such sadisticdetermination that they would frequently torture andbayonet prisoners — even the wounded, in hospitalsthey’d over-run and would almost always refuse tosurrender themselves, making any assault onterritory they held more than usually costly in alliedlives.If ever the US finds itself in such circumstancesagain, let us pray that the president it has at the time isnothing like Barack Obama.—James DelingpoleBreitbart, London, 27 May 2016Thank God for the AtomBombMany years ago in New York I saw on the side of a
bus a whiskey ad I’ve remembered all this time. It’sbeen for me a model of the short poem, and indeedI’ve come upon few short poems subsequently thatexhibited more poetic talent The ad consisted of twoeleven-syllable lines of “verse,” thus:In life, experience is the great teacher.In Scotch, Teacher ’5 is the great experience.For present purposes we mustjettison the second line(licking our lips, to be sure, as it disappears), leavingthe first to register a principle whose banalitysuggests that it enshrines a most useful truth. I bringup the matter because, writing on the forty-secondanniversary of the atom-bombing of Hiroshima andNagasaki, Iwant to consider something suggested bythe long debate about the ethics, if any, of that ghastlyaffair. Namely, the importance of experience, sheer,vulgar experience, in influencing, if not determining,one’s views about that use of the atom bomb.