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Nuclear Bombs Are Not Color Blind

July 28, 1985

This is a comment on the article of July 18 by Beverly Beyette concerning the month-long local festival, "Imagine There's a Future," commemorating the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August, 1945.

Co-chairman Kent Wong is quoted: "The message that the Asian-Americans have to share is that the only time nuclear war has been unleashed has been against the Asian people. . . . There is a pervasive view that the lives of people of color are worth less than the lives of Caucasians."

In August, 1945, Japan had a 1-million-man army in Manchuria with full ordnance and supplies. In August, 1945, Japan had a 3.5-million-man Army in reserve in the homeland with full ordnance and supplies. With the Iwo Jima experience as a gauge, the U. S. could project a loss of no less than 1.5 million men in attacking the Japanese homeland.

Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945 with V-E Day proclaimed May 8. The first atom bomb was exploded in New Mexico July 16, nine weeks after V-E Day. The only enemy left after the bomb was available was Japan.

ROD COX

Orange

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