Three on War and WWII. The piece on Hiroshima by Bryan Caplan is a must-read.
Richman is always good.
TGIF: Truman, A-Bombs, and the Killing of Innocents The Future of Freedom Foundation: Why do people today assume an invasion would have been necessary without the bombings? American military leaders did not believe it. Japan had already been defeated; its leaders were suing for peace, though they resisted Truman’s unreasonable demand for unconditional surrender, which appeared to require removal of the emperor. (In the end, the emperor remained.)
Please read Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 on your vacation, Mr President – theguardian.com: As the Obama family heads to their annual summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, perhaps the president should take along a copy of Catch-22 for some beach reading. Joseph Heller’s classic, satirical anti-war novel, published in 1961 and based on his experiences as a bombardier in the second world war, is sadly relevant today, as Obama’s wars, in Afghanistan and beyond, drag on.
A look at what happened/happens.
Rare Photo of the Mushroom Cloud Over Hiroshima Discovered in a Former Japanese Elementary School – Rebecca J. Rosen – The Atlantic: Taken just minutes after the bomb fell, as incomprehensible horror unfolded below
Also do check these out:
It’s Time For An Adult Assessment
Tell Me the Difference Between My Lai and Hiroshima, Bryan Caplan
Color video from Hiroshima – Boing Boing
360-Degree Panoramas of Hiroshima After the Atomic Bomb
Previously classified and never before seen pics of the Hiroshima Nuke Destruction from U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey Ground Zero 1945