Monday, July 23, 2012

He Dropped Two Big Ones on Them

The latest installment of Prager University revisits one of the most debated questions in history:

In August 1945 America dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end WWII. Six decades later that decision is still controversial. But should it be? Father Wilson Miscamble, Professor of History at Notre Dame, answers the question in the one of the most powerful five minutes you'll ever see.

UPDATE- The Nihilist e-mails with some background on the instructor:

The Praeger U post that you just put up featured my friend, Fr. Bill Miscamble. He lived down the hall from me at ND, and is one of the greatest men I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. Rumor has it that he was a finalist for the presidency of the university back in 2005, but unfortunately they chose Fr. Jenkins. His academic expertise is the beginning of the cold war, so he's written a lot about Truman and Churchill.

I caught up with him about a year and a half ago at a friend's wedding. As an example of the kind of guy he is, he offered to give me a ride to the reception so that I could fully enjoy the evening without having to worry about the drive home.