Those initials stats I heard from none other than NPR many years ago. I doubt we’ve lessened our aid to the largest prison camp in the world.
Sixty-seven years ago today, America dropped the first of two nuclear bombs on Japan.
From The American Patriot’s Almanac, must reading for Americans who love their country:
“By the summer of 1945, it was becoming clear that the Allies would win World War II in the Pacific. But it was also clear that Japan intended to make it a long, ghastly fight.
Some U.S. war planners feared that as many as 300,000 Americans could die in an invasion of the Japanese home islands, where Japan had some 2.5 million regular troops. Japanese civilians, ready to fight with everything from bamboo spears to suicide bombs, prepared themselves with the slogan “A hundred million will die together for the emperor and the nation!” Thousands of planes stood ready for kamikaze missions. Japanese ground troops had already begun mass suicide attacks. Devastating American losses at Iwo Jima and Okinawa, the continuing unwillingness of the Japanese military to consider surrender, and the death each month of thousands of Allied prisoners held by Japan convinced President Harry Truman of the need to use the newly developed atomic bomb to end the war quickly.
On August 6, 1945, a B-29 named the Enola Gay dropped a single atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. An intense flash gave way to a huge mushroom cloud that rose over the city, followed by a fireball that destroyed five square miles and resulted in 140,000 deaths. When the Japanese did not surrender, the U.S dropped a second bomb on Nagasaki on August 9. More than 70,000 people were killed instantly. An additional 75,000 were horribly injured, alerting the world to the nightmare of radiation poisoning.
On August 15, Emperor Hirohito called upon his people to “endure the unendurable” and surrender. In all the Allied countries, people burst forth in an outpouring of unrestrained joy. But with the celebrations came the sobering realization that the world would never be the same again.”
There will always be evil and weapons in this world; we cannot legislate either out of existence. Living under intense scrutiny and with limited rights, even prison inmates have constructed sometimes complex and usually lethal weapons with only a fraction of the resources available to free men.
So when gun control rears its ugly head, I urge you to remember and speak often about our right to defend ourselves and our loved ones. Our nation deserves that same right. The will to live is evident in our very cells, the right to do so guaranteed in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
To America in general and Americans individually, get your Enola Gay On! The world is counting on us.
Mr. Prime Minister, do what you have to do.
My gut reaction says this is a bad thing, especially now that everyone knows about it. I hope our federal government is smarter than what I think it is, and this is somehow a head fake for something at least as powerful.