Archive for July 29th, 2009

How to dismantle an atomic bomb

Vinoth Ramachandra quotes Robert McNamara‘s account of the bombing of japan, toward the end of the second world war found in the documentary the fog of war.

McNamara in turn quotes General Curtis Lemay as saying

if we’d lost the war, we’d all have been prosecuted as war criminals

McNamara himself said

but what makes it immoral if you lose and not immoral if you win

And Ramachandra’s view

the bombing of densely populated urban centres, even when there were no military targets, was simply removed from the category of war crimes at the nuremberg and Tokyo trials, simply because the allies did it much more than the axis powers

Indeed in it was the dense urban bombings and massive loss of civilian life that seemed to bring the war to a bloody and messy close.

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