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Regarding "Chalk Outlines of Bodies to Mark Hiroshima Bomb Blast" (Aug. 1): Imagining Peace's focus should be on the horrors of war, not the horrors of nuclear war.
I was on what turned out to be the last ship that sailed from France to the Far East in World War II. We, the 224th General Hospital, were scheduled to land in Japan on D-Day plus five. We were in the Panama Canal the night Hiroshima was bombed. When we got out of the canal into the Pacific we were told that a bomb had been dropped, the war was over and all the ships following us would go home. We landed in Manila the day after the peace treaty was signed.
I was in Hiroshima in November 1945. It didn't look any worse than the fire-bombed cities of Kobe and Osaka.
Imagining Peace and the Shadow Project, as discussed in the Aug. 1 article, say nothing of the estimated savings in lives of American servicemen and Japanese civilians that were the direct result of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Their focus on nuclear power, referred to in the article, has nothing at all to do with the horrors of war.
These organizations should work for peace. By focusing on matters as they are doing with incomplete and incorrect information, they cannot achieve this goal.
First Published August 9, 2012 12:00 am