65 Years Ago
“We’re right between Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” Admin says. “A real strange time.”
Hiroshima I don’t know. Nagasaki is one of my favorites. We love Django Reinhardt, me and Bernie, listen to him a lot in the Porsche. Bernie always speeds up when Django’s on.
“Are we going to have to discuss this again?” says Spence.
“They’ll be discussing it forever,” Admin says. “What a lot of people seem to have forgotten is that the Japanese army was largely intact, and that there was a strong feeling, especially among the young officer corps, that the only honorable course was to fight to the last man.”
“Maybe,” says Spence. “And it may not even be our place to judge. But here are my questions. First, why didn’t we at least try to invite the Japanese to a demonstration bombing of some unpopulated place? Second, why didn’t we wait longer before dropping the second bomb? Was that about the Russians?”
“I sure hope not,” Admin says.
Thanks, Dad, for your service in WWII. Have fun sailing today!
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