When I found the first batch of papers in my attic, I was trying to determine what they
were regarding. As you read the actual dispatches on this website, you will simply
see vague references to "Crossroads". Once I searched that term, I found many fine
resources regarding the Operation in 1946. But I also found a few sites set up by
"bloggers", who, in my opinion, really lack a perspective to justify their blow-hard
I guess it's no secret that I'm not too fond of bloggers. In years past, before the
internet, the people who had the forum of the electronic media had to struggle for
perhaps years to get to where they were
(i.e. news reporters, TV show hosts, radio announcers). Even if you didn't agree
with what these professionals had to say, you still had a certain respect for their
position. Respect for the fact that their livelihood was on the line if they should fail at
what they are doing.
Now anyone with a computer can spout off about anything in their "blog", In the
early days of the internet, there was a lot made about "being connected worldwide",
as well as "having your own blog". Now it seems we are hearing less and less about
that. Perhaps people are slowly realizing how "common" the forum really is. Back
in the day, I'm sure if you had the only telephone on the block, you were a big deal.
Now of course, with everyone having a phone, talking on one tends to be a chore.
Which brings us to the topic of bloggers discussing atomic bombs. In my research,
I found one blogger who was expounding on Admiral Blandy's "atomic playboy"
quote. Despite Blandy's apparent denial of being a playboy, Mr. Blog was taking up
screen space discussing how ridiculous such a denial could be, because testing
atomic bombs is so wrong, and the reason Blandy would do such a thing would be
because of a boy's innate desire to "blow stuff up".
At worst, he sounded like a wrestler from the WWF, "talking smack" and taunting an
adversary. This to me, adds to "the chore" of sitting at a computer and spending
precious God-given time trying to find information.
At the very least, he shows how someone from 2008 is trying to apply his
perspective to post-war 1946. Which is something that is really difficult to do if you
want to arrive at a true understanding of the times back then. Time and distance
from those events tends to allow people to second guess and debate these topics.
Of all that has been written about the morality and use of the atomic bombs on
Japan, Thank God for the Atom Bomb by Paul Fussell, is one of my favorites on this
topic, and is one of the best books I have ever read.
Paul Fussell makes the point, that the further from the battlefield a person was, the
more they tend to condemn the use of the bombs. Fussell himself was a combat
veteran in Europe, and was himself severely wounded. I will hope to have an
excerpt from his book on this site shortly. In the meantime, subscribe to my RSS
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