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I am sick and tired of those revisionists who are attempting to rewrite history, particularly those who try to put a false spin on World War II.

The Smithsonian Institution has plans to display the bomber used to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, which along with the bombing of Nagasaki brought the war to an end. The description of that episode, as planned by the Smithsonian, would place the blame for those bombings and for much of the conduct of the war on the United States and would depict the United States as the aggressor. This is complete nonsense, and anyone who lived through those tortuous days after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor knows that Japan was the aggressor, and only by sheer tenacity and a great deal of luck were we able to keep the Japanese from invading our West Coast.For those who believe that we were the aggressor, tell it to my wife's 18-year-old cousin, who didn't grow older because he's still entombed in the Arizona at Pearl Harbor. Tell it to my brother who still carries scars from being wounded in the Philippines during the liberation of those people from the tyrannical occupation by Japanese forces. Tell it to Bobby James, an old friend, who was killed in the Bataan death march. Tell it to Junior McDonald, a high school buddy, who was shot in his parachute as he attempted to do his part in the liberation of Europe.

It is not my purpose to resurrect old animosities toward old enemies, and I'm sure that most of us who lived during that time have long since outlived our negative feelings toward them. I have a son and a son-in-law who have served church missions to Japan, and we have associated with Japanese exchange students on a very friendly basis. This way of peace and friendship is far superior to the feelings that prevailed in my generation during the war.

However, those who were not around at that time should be taught the truth about WWII and not some distorted theory by some revisionist.

At the time the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the United States had already planned the invasion of the Japanese mainland in great detail. Based on the fanatical fight the Japanese forces had put up on Okinawa with the resulting heavy casualties on both sides, one estimate said the United States would suffer up to 2 million casualties and the Japanese would suffer up to 10 million casualties, military and civilian. As terrible as the atomic bombings of those cities were, the truth is that by that action, millions of lives were saved on both sides.

Harold Southwick