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
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
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
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