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Don't argue about Hiroshima, argue about today
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Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Richard Gwyn TORONTO STAR
Date: Aug 6, 1995
Start Page: F.3
Section: OPINION
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A long article in the current issue of The New Yorker magazine, Murray Sayle addresses the question, ``Did Hiroshima End the War?''

It's as if we psychologically need to deny that the bomb on Hiroshima had anything to do with Japan's surrender because connecting the two seems to give moral legitimacy to one of the most appalling deeds in human history - the incineration, literally, of 100,000 people in a city with no military significance whatever.

In fact, as Sayle is honest enough to record (unlike many other revisionists) one clear connection between Japan's surrender and the bomb does exist. In his broadcast of Aug. 15, 1945, Emperor Hirohito mentioned specifically that ``the enemy has begun to employ a new and most cruel bomb.'' The more urgent reason, though, was the entry into the war of the Soviet Union and its rapid advance through Japanese-held China.

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