- - Sunday, May 15, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As President Obama prepares to visit Hiroshima on his trip to Japan this month, it is worth noting that most reporting about the 1945 bombing of that city omits salient facts about the bomb. First, the bomb was a joint development effort by the United States, Britian and Canada. Second, use of the bomb, including target selection, had to be approved by a Joint Targeting Committee consisting of those same three countries. Third, as we three raced forward to build the bomb, it is a much-ignored fact that three other countries were trying to do the same. Those three were Germany, Russia and Japan. Fortunately we were far ahead of them and possessed the protected industrial capacity to get there first.

JERRY L. SHINN

Westminster, Md.

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