Letters to the Editor

Apology is in order for second atomic bomb dropped on Japan

Regarding Mr. Leonard Pitts’ argument in “Should America apologize for Hiroshima, Nagasaki? (May 15): It is true that emotions were running extremely high at the time and there were various reasons put forward justifying the use of the most powerful weapon ever devised against a country that had already sued for peace prior to dropping the bombs. The only justifiable reason could have been to prevent the deaths of many American soldiers from being killed in an invasion of the mainland. However, there was not total agreement that it was absolutely necessary to invade or to even drop these horrendous bombs.

Other reasons that cannot be justifiable were to prevent the Russians from going into Asia, or to test a new weapon, among others (revenge?). I would challenge anyone to read the chapter on “The Bomb” in “The Untold History of the United States,” by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, and still defend our use of the bomb.

One can make, in my view, a weak argument for the first bomb, but, surely, an apology is in order for the second one.

Richard Robinson, Arroyo Grande