The Right Coast
August 02, 2005
War: Then and Now
By Maimon Schwarzschild
Mark Steyn has it right, as ever:
The United States that so confidently nuked two Japanese cities is as lost to us as the old pre-mushroom cloud Nagasaki. In what circumstances would Washington nuke an enemy today? Were we to re-run World War Two, advisors to the President would counsel against the poor optics of dropping the big one, problems keeping allies on board, media storm, Congressional inquiries, UN resolutions, NGOs making a flap, etc. And chances are the Administration would opt to slug it out town for town in a conventional invasion costing a million casualties.Read the whole thing.
Steyn's piece leads off, by the way, with a reference to a 1920s pop song called "Nagasaki":
Back in Nagasaki where the fellers chew tobaccyThe wonderful 1990s television version of the Wodehouse stories, "Jeeves and Wooster", has a scene with Bertie singing this song at the piano. (Here is a link to a CD from the series, which includes the song.) I remember thinking, when I saw the show at the time, that this was a brilliant, eerie, touch.