In a letter printed Aug. 6 (“The price of peace”), Nancy Watson wrote that we had to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
When the bombs were dropped, two of my brothers were fighting with our Army in the Philippines and another brother was in the Navy, but I was horrified when I heard what happened to the civilians in those cities. There are conflicting estimates, but at least 150,000 to 200,000 people were killed in ways that are too terrible to imagine — most of them civilians.
There are endless arguments about whether the bombings shortened the war. The bombs could have been dropped on an uninhabited island if the goal was to demonstrate their power. What is clear is that we must remember what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and make sure that it never happens again. The atomic bombs were not like the bombs which were dropped on England and Germany during World War II, and our modern nuclear weapons are much more destructive. That’s why I try to join with Mothers for Peace every year to remind people that such bombings must never happen again.