Thursday, August 06, 2015

Two Big Ones

FLETCH: I'm Harry S. Truman from Casewell Insurance Underwriters.

MARVIN: (smiles) Harry S. Truman?

FLETCH: My parents were great fans of the former President.

MARVIN: Isn't that nice. Good man. Showed the Japs a thing or two.

FLETCH: Sure did. Dropped the big one on them.

MARVIN: Dropped two big ones. Real fighter.

Every year on this date it seems that we have to refight the debate about whether Truman should have dropped the two big ones or not. For some much needed historical perspective, it's hard to beat this video from Prager University.

In recent years, many academics and others have condemned President Truman's decision to use the atomic bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as unnecessary and immoral. Yet this interpretation relies on a poor understanding of history that both lacks perspective and ignores context. Dropping the bomb shortened the war and saved countless lives -- both American and Japanese. In five minutes, Professor of History at Notre Dame, Father Wilson Miscamble, explains.