Atomic bombs

Our Annual August Debate Over the Bombs

Victor Davis Hanson, PJ Media

Six years after the start of World War II, some 70 million had died. To Americans and most of the world 75 years ago, each day in early August 1945 that the Japanese war machine continued its work meant that thousands of Asian civilians and Allied soldiers would die. In the terrible arithmetic of World War II, the idea that such a nightmare might end in a day or two was seen as saving millions of lives rather than gratuitously incinerating tens of thousands. It was in that bleak context that Harry Truman dropped the two bombs — opting for a terrible choice among even worse alternatives.