In general, the principle is, the farther from the scene of horror the easier the talk. One young combat naval officer close to the action wrote home in the fall of 1943, just before the marines underwent the agony of Tarawa: “When I read that we will fight the Japs for years if necessary and will sacrifice hundreds of thousands if we must, I always like to check from where he’s talking: it’s seldom out here.” That was Lieutenant (j.g.) John F. Kennedy.
And Winston Churchill, with an irony perhaps too broad and easy, noted in Parliament that the people who preferred invasion to A-bombing seemed to have “no intention of proceeding to the Japanese front themselves.”
It has been rather quiet this year on the annual breast beating over the Atomic bombings around Saint Blogs. Here are a few posts I have seen:
- Deacon Jim Russel at Crisis looks at the principle of Double Effect and the bombings. It is a rather good piece. Go here to read it.
- Ah, what would the August Bomb Follies be without Patheos. Mary Pezullo at Steel Magnificat puts us on notice that she is not like those terrible Catholics who defend the bombings. Go here to read it.
- Matthew Walther at The Week I think would like to dig up Harry Truman and put him on trial if he could. Go here to read his post.
- Mark Shea contributes the latest droppings from his mind here.