Saturday, February 26, 2005

Historical Quote

It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender... My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in this fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.

This is from five-star U.S. Admiral William D. Lahey, who was chair of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1942 to 1949, writing in 1950.

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