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Bombing Japan: Churchill’s View

Bombing Japan: Churchill’s View

Intaglio print by Sarah Churchill/Curtis Hoop­er (http://bit.ly/1uYE2PD)

Scott John­son of Pow­er­line (“Why We Dropped the Bomb,” 13 April) kind­ly links an old col­umn of his quot­ing an old one of mine with ref­er­ence to Pres­i­dent Obama’s vis­it to Hiroshi­ma and the atom bomb­ing of Japan.

John­son links a lec­ture by Pro­fes­sor Williamson Mur­ray, which is worth con­sid­er­ing, along with Paul Fussell’s clas­sic essay in The New Repub­lic, “Thank God for the Atom Bomb,” which makes you think, though some con­sid­er it a rant. Fussell wrote:

John Ken­neth Gal­braith is per­suad­ed that the Japan­ese would have sur­ren­dered sure­ly by Novem­ber with­out an inva­sion.…

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“The Prophet Churchill”: Paris 2015

“The Prophet Churchill”: Paris 2015

The Inde­pen­dent. See: http://ind.pn/1y5nYxy

Jan­u­ary 10, 2015— ”Watch­ing the hor­ri­fy­ing events in Paris this week,” wrote Scott John­son, “I have found Churchill’s great speech of Novem­ber 12, 1936 com­ing to mind. It is one of Churchill’s prophet­ic speeches—I believe in the Prophet Churchill—decrying the com­pla­cen­cy of the gov­ern­ment in the face of the gath­er­ing storm in Ger­many”….

“So they go on in strange para­dox,” Churchill assert­ed in Par­lia­ment of those respon­si­ble for the defense of the land, “decid­ed only to be unde­cid­ed, resolved to be irres­olute, adamant for drift, sol­id for flu­id­i­ty, all pow­er­ful to be impo­tent.…

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