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A-bombs ended WWII

In regards to Dennis Kostecki's opinion (Readers' Forum, Aug. 7) about the "wanton destruction" that essentially led to the end of World War II, I agree that causing such devastating damage and death on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a hard decision to make.

The atomic bomb was new, and many people were unsure of it, leading to some opposing the use of it during war. However, what would have been the final death toll if the bomb had not been used?

How many of us would not be here as the descendants of those who would have been killed if Little Boy and Fat Man had not been dropped onto Japan?

The deaths of civilians are always a tragedy of war. No matter how hard we try not to get the civilian population involved directly, there has always been unnecessary civilian deaths brought upon by both sides.

Eric Green