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UNITED STATES: Eisenhower and the bomb



David Pike says: "There was a serious error in your posting of August 7 on Hiroshima in regard to Eisenhower, and I wonder if you want to correct it."

My answer. This came from a reliable source, which referred to early discussions about the bomb, not about its actual production and Hiroshima, with which of course Eisenhower had nothing to do. Perhaps an Eisenhower expert can clarify this. Of course, Truman made the decision about Hiroshima.

Miles Seeley writes: "I was privileged to meet the Trumans several times and to spend a couple of evenings with them in the family quarters of the White House. It was at the end of the term, and President Truman rather uncharacteristically ruminated about the major events of his presidency. He said that the order to drop the atomic bomb was clearly the most difficult one he had to make, but he had absolutely no regrets. He referred to the estimates of how many American lives would be lost in an invasion. He spoke of the assumption that the Japanese would be fanatical defending their homeland. It was impossible for me to disagree, and still is."

Marta Weeks, an ordained Episcopalian minister, makes this statement with which I find it impossible to disagree: "It's ironic that August 6 is remembered for the dropping of a bomb that killed thousands of people. August 6 also happens to be the day many churches celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration, based on the passage from Luke 9:28-36. This Feast originated in the Eastern Orthodox Church, later became widely adopted. Some attribute its observance to Gregory the Illuminator who was a saint of the Armenians in the 4th century. This feast is about holiness. As a revelatory experience, there is a correspondence between the transfiguration of Christ (from the Christian view) and the transfiguration of human nature. Through prayer, one can find God's presence, and it is in His presence, one becomes transformed. Prayer is the context within which God's transfiguring power happens. Would that nations could strive to be transformed so that dropping bombs on others would not be necessary.Think of the transformation the atomic bomb made! But in such a tragic way. It's really sad that peace is so elusive. And religion is pointless if it does not lead people to understand and get along with one another."

Ronald Hilton - 8/11/00


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