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Hiroshima

Todd Gamblin ’02, in what is the most visually appealing Eph blog, has a nice post on his recent visit to Hiroshima. I especially like the way that he integrates his own pictures from the trip into his narrative. Gamblin writes

The bombs did undeniably end the war, but I think the loss of life was unnecessary, and that to say otherwise without some serious reservations is to sweep some things under the carpet. Sure, the U.S. was on the “good side” during the war. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t agree with that. I can’t think of anyone who will tell you, and I certainly won’t tell you, that the U.S. was not on the right side in WWII, or that Japan and Germany weren’t committing atrocities right and left with reckless abandon. I hate to think, though, that it’s ever necessary to kill so many civilians, or that atrocities committed by other nations somehow justify our own.

The whole post is fair and balanced and thoughtful, although the links that Gamblin provides are less so. I suspect that the Ephs serving in the Marine Corps in the summer of 1945 thought that the atomic bombing of Japan was a pretty good idea . . .

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