Semi-Daily Journal Archive

The Blogspot archive of the weblog of J. Bradford DeLong, Professor of Economics and Chair of the PEIS major at U.C. Berkeley, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Hiroshima Day

Be silent a minute or two for Hiroshima Day.

I am somebody who believes that the murder of 200,000 Japanese civilians at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the fall of 1945 had good utilitarian consequences in that it brought the end of World War II in the Pacific and so saved millions of lives. But I am aware that that is a dicey and insecure judgment.

If I ever get the power to arrange it, I will have the U.N. Security Council and U.N. General Assembly meet in Hiroshima each August 6, every year, at Ground Zero, to concentrate their minds.

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