" Lemay(U.S. Air Force General Curtis LeMay) said, 'If we'd lost the war, we'd all have been prosecuted as war criminals.' And I think he's right. He, I'd say I, were behaving as war criminals. LeMay recognized that what he was doing would be thought immoral if his side lost. But what makes it immoral if you lose and not immoral if you win?"
- Robert McNamara, former U.S. Secretary of Defense (1961-1968)
68 years ago today, August 6, 1945, the United States dropped a nuclear bomb upon the civilian target of Hiroshima, Japan. It is estimated that over 166,000 men, women and children died from the blast or from the resulting effects of the blast, including radiation poisoning.
Three days later, on August 9, 1945, the United States dropped a second nuclear bomb, this time over the Japanese city of Nagasaki, another civilian target. It is estimated that 80,000 men, women and children died that day from the blast or in the days, weeks and months to follow from the effects of the blast.
"The evil that men do lives after them"
- Antony, Act 3 Scene 2 from the play "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare