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'Official Murder'

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Some 120,000 men, women, babies, girls, and boys evaporated from the surface of the earth during the atomic blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the summer of 1945.

That was the last year of the Second World War. Eight years later, during Thanksgiving, I was 30 miles from Nagasaki in the Japanese port city of Sasebo, on my way to Korea during the war there. Had I known that I was this close to that second atomic holocaust, the turkey dinner we were served before embarking for Inchon might have turned on me.

Everyone who has been in a combat zone knows that war is hell, that it has a way of blurring what is right and what is wrong, that it presents a place and a situation where “kill or be killed” directs the next move.

None of this should ever make us forget, however, that since we are created in the image of God, as Scripture informs us, each of us is called to do God’s will, even when His will is not our will.

That is certainly a difficult assignment to follow. But whatever the arguments may be to justify the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, those actions prove beyond a doubt that the United States has been quite capable of mass brutality.

Other massacres – of Armenians, Russians, Cambodians, European Jews, peoples everywhere over the centuries – only feed my hostility toward what I call “official murder.” For that, in plain language, is what slaying people by........

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