Thursday, August 17, 2006

Ready for a good laugh? Ahmadinejad says the US should be disarmed


Aaahh... This is rich!

"Those states responsible for the atomic bombing of (Japan's) Nagasaki and Hiroshima are now trying to deprive the Iranian nation of its right," the official IRNA news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. "Those states should be disarmed."

First off, neither nuclear power nor nuclear weapons are an inalienable right. Especially not nuclear weapons. And since the international community has deemed you unfit to possess nuclear weapons, tough shit. You don't get to have them. Maybe next time you'll think before opening your big mouth and saying how you want to exterminate Israel and that the holocaust never happened.

Second, our decision to bomb Nagasaki and Hiroshima was made when it became apparent that Japan would fight to its very last soldier, draggin the war out for years possibly. How many more lives would that cost? Truman made the best decision available to save lives in the long run and force Japan into submission at the prospect of utter annihilation. Jeff Jacoby concurs...

More than ever before, the historical record confirms what those soldiers knew in their gut: Hiroshima and Nagasaki, hideous as they were, shortened the war that Japan had begun and thereby saved an immensity of lives. Far from considering itself “essentially defeated,” the Japanese military was preparing for an Allied assault with a massive buildup in the south. It was only the shock of the atomic blasts that enabled Japanese leaders who wanted to stop the fighting to successfully press for a surrender.

It was a tough choice, certainly not one that was made lightly. And in the end, I believe the right one.