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Reader’s comment: Lessons of the A-bombs

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In response to Ollie Wright: The grim truth is, Hiroshima saved more lives than it cost, Dacorum wrote:

The grim truth is, Hiroshima saved more lives than it cost.

I have never doubted the truth of that statement ever since I was old enough to learn the history of the dropping of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs.

The atomic bomb saved the lives of tens of thousands of our PoWs held in appalling conditions by the Japanese. Think of all their descendants alive today born after the war who would never have been born if the bombs hadn’t been dropped!

The atomic bomb also saved the lives of countless allied servicemen who would have lost their lives invading Japan. In such an invasion, the number of Japanese dead would have been 10 times or more those killed by the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs.

Perhaps an even more important legacy of the dropping of the bombs was that it demonstrated to all the world leaders and the world as a whole that nuclear war was unwinnable and that fact has kept the peace between the rival great powers.

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