Friday, December 19, 2003

The Enola Gay: Ugly History Hides in Plain Sight: "Others have insisted that the atomic bombings were not necessary to end the war. It is an interesting and relevant fact that this controversy was initiated in 1945 by conservatives such as Time magazine publisher Henry Luce, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, New York Times military correspondent Hanson Baldwin and David Lawrence, editor of U.S. News, who wrote in October 1945: 'Competent testimony exists to prove that Japan was seeking to surrender many weeks before the atomic bomb came.' This is a view that historical research has confirmed. The discovery of President Truman's handwritten private diary, for example, revealed that on July 18, 1945, he had read a 'telegram from Jap Emperor asking for peace.'"

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